Children at the Tuckahoe Housing Authority got a leg up on the school year Aug. 29 after a few dedicated residents collected backpacks and other school supplies and gave them out at the authority’s senior center.
Spearheaded by Hazel Alexander-Campbell and Mary Alexander, both of Tuckahoe, the event was well-attended. All of the backpacks and school supplies were given away in time for the start of classes, which began Sept. 9 in the Tuckahoe Union Free School District.
The school supplies were donated by local businesses and individuals.
Many of the children donned their new backpacks, smiling from ear-to-ear. All told, more than 50 backpacks were given away.
The average family of an elementary school student spends close to $600 for back-to-school supplies and extracurricular activities, according to the Huntington Bank’s 2013 Backpack Index.
-Reporting by Gerard Nolan