Back To School Donations Wanted

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The Glen Cove Youth Bureau, in cooperation with the Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board, is teaming up with local citizens, organizations and businesses to provide back to school supplies to disadvantaged youth in the community.

A backpack filled with supplies will be presented to children who otherwise would not have what they need to succeed in their studies. Last year, 266 children in kindergarten through 12th-grade received back to school supplies as a result of this effort.

Given the cost of getting ready for school, the need is greater than ever this year. For example, on average it costs $78 to purchase all of the supplies on the school list for a first-grader in the Glen Cove School District and $83 to supply a fourth-grader. This cost simply covers school supplies. It does not cover back to school clothing, shoes, coats, etc. For families living on a fixed income, especially those with more than one child, these expenses are often impossible to absorb. When the family forgoes purchasing school supplies, it is the student who suffers.

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The Glen Cove Youth Bureau is collecting school supplies for disadvantaged students in Glen Cove through Aug. 19. Pictured is Starbucks manager Karen Ramos with Arlene O’Dell and Spiro Tsirkas of the Youth Bureau with some of the items that were donated to last year’s drive by generous Starbucks’ patrons.

Consider making a donation to this worthy project. Some of the supplies that will be collected by the Youth Bureau include: Backpacks (no wheels); three-ring binders; thin and thick washable markers; no. 2 pencils; erasable and regular pens in (blue, black, red, green); colored pencils; highlighters; glue sticks (regular and jumbo); zippered pencil case with three holes; small pencil sharpener; marble/composition notebooks; Post-its; index cards; folders (red, green, blue and yellow); section dividers; protractors; two-gig or larger flash drive;graph paper; erasers; inexpensive headphones and earbuds; white out; box of 24 crayons; scissors; rulers and Play Doh.

Donations will be accepted through Aug. 19 and may be dropped off at the Glen Cove Youth Bureau at 128B Glen St. (behind 126 Glen St.), Glen Cove Library,  City Hall (third floor clerk’s office) or Starbucks. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted. Make your tax deductible check out to “Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board” and mail to Cindy Rogers, Glen Cove Youth Bureau, 128B Glen St., Glen Cove, NY 11542,  Attn: Backpack Project.  For further information, call Cindy Rogers at 516-671-4600.

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