Annual backpack and school supply drive kicks off
As she does every summer, Councilwoman Debi Rose is asking Staten Islanders for donations of backpacks and supplies for young schoolchildren. Donations will be distributed during the week before Labor Day to children ages 5 through 12 who attend reading and soccer programs run by the nonprofit H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths. “From funding technology enhancements in every North Shore public school to opening new classroom space across the North Shore, I have made it a priority to invest in the education of our young people,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. “With your generous donation of backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and other supplies, children will be able to walk into the classroom with the tools they need for a successful academic year. Together our effort can make an enormous difference in these young lives and let them know how much we value education. I know no one wants to think about fall at this time of year, but I’m kicking off my annual drive now so that we can help as many children as possible.”
“We are extremely grateful to Councilwoman Debi Rose and her staff for choosing the students in our reading program and soccer program to benefit from their back-to-school program,” said Heather Butts and Anthony Antonucci, co-founders of H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths. “Our students are wonderful, talented, and have a great deal of potential. Having the tools necessary to achieve academic excellence is critical and with this initiative they will be well on their way for the 2017-2018 school year.” Councilwoman Rose’s office will accept donations of new backpacks and school supplies now through Aug. 18 at her sixth floor office at 130 Stuyvesant Place, St. George, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone planning to bring large quantities of backpacks or supplies should call the councilwoman's office first at 718-556-7370 so that staff can notify building security.