At the Y, we believe every kid deserves a safe place in which to learn and grow. When school reopened after Hurricane Sandy, our staff was reminded of the storm's enormous impact on kids and the importance of school as a place where kids can feel safe. In response to the overwhelming needs left in the wake of storm, the YMCA of Greater New York identified several schools with young students who have suffered great losses – some now homeless, feeling overwhelmed and unsafe.
By launching the Y Kids & Schools Recovery Project, the Y is providing kids with day-to-day essentials is vitally important for them to successfully achieve in school, return to some sense of normalcy and to feel safe again.
To date, we’ve distributed more than 1,000 backpacks at elementary schools in the Rockaways and Staten Island. Each backpack contains a full set of school supplies, hat, gloves, teddy bear and a book.
The schools and communities identified are:
- Staten Island - PS 57; PS 22; PS 44; PS 39; PS 19 and the Lavelle Prep Staten Island
- Coney Island - PS 212
- Far Rockaway Schools - PS197 and the Village Academy School
- Chinatown/Lower Manhattan - PS 126
- Sheepshead Bay/Brooklyn - PS14
It may sound simple, but these kids have lost so much. We want to do all we can to prevent them from losing even more by not being equipped to excel and stay in school.
If you’d like to join us in this effort, click HERE and choose your level of support.