Backpacks to School
The Sharing Shelf believes every child deserves to start the school year ready to learn, with a backpack filled with the supplies she needs. The first day of school can be one of joy and excitement for a child, a new backpack freshly filled with new school supplies for the coming year. For low-income children, the first day can be one of stress as they approach the school door, without the tools they need to start the year. The average family spends $122 on school supplies, a sum out of reach for low-income families and those living below the poverty level.
Each summer, The Sharing Shelf organizes its Backpacks to School initiative to buy new backpacks and fill them with grade appropriate school supplies for low-income children in Westchester County. Our backpacks are filled with grade-appropriate supplies for children from kindergarten through high school. Local teachers helped shape our supply lists and each bag contains the core requirements a student needs for each of her or his subject matter classes. Each backpack we provide goes to a specific child – those working with low-income students request backpacks each summer for their clients or students who, based on economic reasons, need a new backpack and supplies.
The program has grown to become the primary source of backpacks for children receiving services from Westchester County’s Department of Social Services.
We welcome and rely on local businesses, community groups and individuals to help raise funds, collect supplies, then pack and distribute the backpacks. To get involved, please email Deborah Blatt, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank the following sponsors of our 2019 Backpacks to School Program: