New York Cares, in partnership with Henry Street Settlement, hosted a back-to-school event where volunteers distributes 300 new backpacks filled with school supplies and other basic essentials to help prepare residents and students on the Lower East Side for the upcoming school year on Wednesday.

Volunteers distributed backpacks filled with supplies that will be useful to families and students as they return to school for the new year. All backpacks will include scissors, markers, pencils, glue sticks, folders, pink erasers, and other school supply items.

The volunteer program is part of New York Cares’ third annual Stand with Students campaign, an initiative that highlights the organization’s support of New York City students and schools during the 2022-2023 academic year. Programs supported by donations to Stand with Students include academic tutoring sessions, school revitalization projects and book distributions.

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