Yonkers collects backpacks for back-to-school

July 19, 2013 by  

To help families in need get ready for back-to-school, the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers is hosting a backpack donation program. The center will be collecting backpacks for students in elementary and middle schools amid concerns that bags and the school supplies they contain are a expense that some families cannot afford.

Donated backpacks should have marble composition books or subject notebooks, calculators, erasers, folders, ruler, glue stick, and colored pencils. For safety reasons, the center will not accept any backpacks with scissor, metal rulers, compasses, or pencil sharpeners. Andrus Children’s Center could make use of postcard printing to inform the public of the backpack drive and to explain what it is looking for.

The center will be hosting two ‘Backpack Bonanza Drop-Off’ events next month. On August 12 and 15 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, people are invited to bring backpacks and school supplies to the center. Donors can meet the staff of the center and enjoy free snacks. People who are unable to attend the drop off events can bring their bags to the center, at 1156 North Broadway, beforehand or reach out to Genna Federico to get information on mailing in the book bags.

The backpacks will be given to children who attend the Orchard School, which focuses on special education, as well as to children in community programs, after school programs, and early childhood education programs. Andrus Children’s Center supports 2,500 children at 14 locations around the county in this way.