Free Backpacks For Students

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Building on its successful 2006 Back to School-Stay in School Program, the Brooklyn NAACP and partners will kick off the new school year by doubling distribution of free backpacks to hundreds of New York City public
school students. 

One thousand free backpacks, containing essential learning tools, will be given to the neediest New York City public school students at a rally that will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The event is being organized by the NAACP Brooklyn Branch, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, the New York City Department of Education, and other partners.

Speakers will include the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz; New York City Schools Chancellor, Joel I. Klein; and President of the NAACP Brooklyn Branch, Karen Boykin-Towns.

New York City Schools Chancellor Klein said: “Education is the great civil rights struggle of the 21st-century, so it makes perfect sense that the NAACP is taking a leading role in helping to ensure that more students are prepared for school so they can achieve their full potential. We thank the NAACP Brooklyn Branch for organizing the Back to School-Stay in School Program, which will help students get off to a great start when they head back to school in September.”

The NAACP Back to School-Stay in School Program, which was initiated in 1984, targets at-risk children, and is designed to help provide students with critical academic and social supports essential to completing high school and achieving
educational excellence. It is geared toward helping to reduce absenteeism and the dropout rate, strengthening cultural awareness, and promoting increased parental involvement.

"Brooklyn today is America tomorrow, and our nation's future leaders are the students living and learning in Brooklyn right now,” said Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. “I'm proud to support the NAACP's Back to School-Stay in School program, which helps provide our students with the tools they need to reach the zenith of their abilities." 

Added the President of the NAACP Brooklyn Branch, Karen Boykin-Towns: “The Brooklyn Branch is working to help eliminate educational disparities, and to ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality public school education.”

Major sponsors of the event include Brooklyn Public Library, Carver Federal Savings Bank, Desmond A. Reid Enterprises, Medgar Evers College, NYC Technical College Access for Women, Pratt Institute America Reads/Counts Program, and St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Neighborhood Improvement Association.


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