Met Council Helped Students Start the Year Off Right

IMG_3425This school year, Met Council distributed 200% more backpacks and school supplies to children in need over last year. New school supplies is often cost prohibitive for many low income families. Met Council distributed the backpacks to families at Boro Park JCC, Canarsie JCC, COJO Flatbush, Crown Heights JCC, JCC of Marine Park, Queens JCC, JCC of Washington Heights- Inwood and Met Council’s crisis department and family violence department. Thanks to UJA-Federation of New York’s Supplies for Success, Jeffrey and Susan Goldstein, and anonymous donor, Met Council provided more than 1,200 students with quality supplies needed to succeed in the classroom. A head of the school year, backpacks were stuffed with pencils, notebooks and other essential supplies.

In addition to providing funds for the backpacks and supplies, Supplies for Success enabled Met Council to increase its purchase power.  Supplies for Success is UJA-Federation of New York’s initiative to provide new school supplies for children in need.  Each year, UJA provides brand new filled backpacks to thousands of disadvantaged children.

A gift from an anonymous donor enabled Met Council to organize a back-to-school party with live music and dinner for families.  Leah Gold, a single mother of five who attended the back to school party, courageously left her husband and is raising their children on her own. However, Leah continues to struggle to provide for her children.  She receives inconsistent child support and earns a small salary from her home business.  Caring for her children is a full-time job, limiting her potential earnings.

At the back to school party, Leah said, “Having a large family, school supplies adds up and becomes a daunting expense.  Now, each of my five children feel prepared to start school”. She expressed, with tears in her eyes, her appreciation for the live music by sharing, “This is the first time I have sung is so long.”

The party not only provided high quality backpacks and school supplies that Leah otherwise would not have been able to afford, but also provided a fun and inclusive environment for her to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

Through the kindness of our outstanding donors and volunteers, students can hit the books with confidence this school year!

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