Aug. 8, 2016 By Michael Florio
With school right around the corner, State Sen. Jose Peralta distributed more than 3,000 backpacks stuff with necessities to local students over the weekend.
Peralta hosted his seventh annual Back to School Giveaway on Saturday behind St. Paul the Apostle Church, on 98th Place.
The backpacks, which included classroom necessities such as notebooks, pens, calculators, rulers, and markers, were distributed on a first come, first serve basis, with a limit of one backpack per child.
Several companies provided the funding for the backpacks and supplies, such as ConEd, the Learning Tree and Fidelis.
“Education is a top priority, and providing critical learning tools to local students allows them to be confident as they face the challenges of the new academic year,” Peralta said.
“As many hard-working families continue to face hardships to make ends meet, and cannot afford to buy the necessary school supplies for their children, we must ensure we provide students with the proper school necessities,” he added.
Children not only received a backpack, but they were able to enjoy face painting, a bounce house and a rock-climbing wall.