EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – When the school year begins in September, ANDRUS Early Learning Center in Tuckahoe hopes that more than 2,000 students will be sporting brand new backpacks chock full of school supplies.
ANDRUS has organized a Backpack Program, where a pair of Bronxville businesses will collect elementary and middle school appropriate backpacks that are fully-stocked with items such as notebooks, folders and pens.
All donations will support children in the special education Orchard School, mental health clinics and various other early childhood, after school and community programs. Officials at ANDRUS are hopeful that they will be able to supply 2,500 children they service at 14 sites around Westchester County.
Items that should be used to fill backpacks for children in kindergarten through sixth grade include three notebooks, a pair of folders, a calculator, glue stick and various writing utensils.
For middle school students in grades 7 through 9, backpacks should be filled with a binder, colored tab dividers, paper, notebooks, a plastic ruler and more age-appropriate items for teenagers.
Backpacks will not be accepted if they have scissors, pencil sharpeners, metal rulers, metal compasses or other potentially dangerous goods. A complete list of what ANDRUS is looking for can be found online .
Backpacks can be dropped off at Bronxville Ley Real Estate on Park Place and at Houlihan and O’Malley Real Estate on Parkway Road in Bronxville through Aug. 15, when they will be shipped throughout the county to students.
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