Raia Fills Backpacks For Those In Need With School Supplies Drive

June 17, 2010

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport), in conjunction with the Family Service League, will help to ensure that all children start the school year equipped with the school supplies they need for success. Assemblyman Raia began collecting donated school supplies and backpacks at his district office, located above Copenhagen Bakery at 75 Woodbine Avenue in Northport, on June 17. The deadline to donate supplies is July 30.

Last year, Family Service League supplied 1,700 children from over 800 families with their back-to-school needs. Together, with the aid of the Suffolk County community, Assemblyman Raia hopes to break that record by the start of the new school year in September.

It is expected that there will be more families seeking relief this year due to the poor state of the economy. Children from families struggling with financial hardship will receive brand new backpacks filled with school supplies by late August. These supplies are expected to include:

  • boxes of pencils, crayons, markers, and colored pencils
  • marble composition books
  • packages of loose leaf paper
  • 1 subject notebooks
  • 3 subject notebooks
  • 1” 3-ring binders

“It truly is amazing to see the community pull together in these difficult times to help those in need,” said Raia. “Please act before July 30 in order to make the new school year a special one for many of Long Island’s students.”