Some New Rochelle students got an early jump on the school year Thursday morning thanks to the Residence Park Neighborhood and Civic Association.
The group handed out 180 backpacks filled with school supplies to 120 families at the HOPE Community Services and Food Pantry.
Supplies were were provided to children whose parents are served by HOPE. Residence Park volunteers helped raise funds and reach out to local businesses. ShopRite donated the all of the backpacks while other businesses stepped up to supply items to fill the bags.
“I think this is a great boost for the families involved,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. “It helps them to start the school year with the supplies they need and it also reflects the spirit of community here—neighbors working hard to assist neighbors.”
The neighborhood association has been organizing the backpack initiative for about 15 years.
Businesses who sponsored this year’s drive included , ShopRite, TD Bank, Minuteman Press, Ridgewood Savings Bank, , BJs Wholesale Club, Hunter College and the .