Back to School drives and resource fairs across the borough are helping young Brooklynites prepare for their classes.
On Saturday, the Faith Worship Center on Pitkin Avenue sponsored a “Back-2-School” drive in East New York so that middle and high school students could be ready for their upcoming classes. Over a thousand packages were assembled to meet the students’ needs: everything from backpacks, notebooks, calculators, pens and pencils were made available. A large crowd gathered at Grace Playground by early afternoon to receive the supplies.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community,” said Bishop Leonard Nathan, whose wife Shirley is the Pastor of the congregation.
On Sunday, Council Member Darlene Mealy, Not Just Hoops Inc. and the Utica Ave. Merchants Association sponsored the 6th Annual “Back to School, Health & Resource Fair” in Crown Heights. Highlights included bands, DJs, sound stations, singers, dancers, and FDNY Smoke House with fire safety education, a “healthy homes” program by the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, health screenings, and other activities.