Each year, the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, in collaboration with the Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board, collects school supplies for disadvantaged children in the Glen Cove School District. The supplies and monetary donations are collected from organizations, businesses and individuals throughout the summer and distributed just as the new school year begins. This year, the Youth Bureau was able to assist 266 students with their back to school supplies.
Donation drop-off points were set up at the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, Glen Cove Public Library, City Clerk’s office, Chamber of Commerce and both local Starbucks. In addition, the Youth Bureau staff reached out to businesses and organizations. Generous donations were received from the North Shore Lions Club, residents at The Regency and The Atria, Astoria Bank, Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove, Glen Cove Senior Center, Long Island Cares, PSEG Long Island, Glen Cove Rotary, Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection, First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Lutheran Church Bible Camp.
With encouragement from their aunt, students Cassandra and Matthew Nochowitz each filled two book bags with all the supplies needed for children going into the same grade as themselves. Students participating in the Youth Bureau’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) held back-to-school drives at King Kullen, Stop & Shop and North Shore Farms, collecting numerous school items and cash donations.
In total, the Youth Bureau handed thousands of supplies, including backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, marble notebooks, highlighters, binders and numerous other items.