With Harlem families facing many challenges and uncertainties as they get ready for the first day of school,
Friends of Public School Harlem together with Congressman Adriano Espaillat and City Councilman Bill Perkins distributed more than 300 new backpacks, school supplies, and masks at Martin Luther King, Jr. Towers on Friday. The event was made possible by a special grant from the Migdol Family Foundation.
“With public schools scheduled to open early next month, Harlem’s public school children need us now more than ever,” said FPSH founder and President Jerry Migdol. “These school supplies send a powerful message to families letting them know they are not alone and have a real impact in a child’s success in the classroom and in life.
“Now is the time families really need our support, many of whom have struggled even before the current health crisis. We aim to level the playing field by giving this generation of Harlem students an equal opportunity to learn, compete, and achieve.”
Congressman Espaillat said, “What Friends of Public School Harlem and the Migdol Family Foundation do is not only generous, but also exceptionally impactful to the families and children of my district.”
Councilman Perkins added, “You can’t get time back that was being used to educate, mature and advance young people. I thank Friends of Public School Harlem and the Migdol Family Foundation for all they are doing to step up and make a difference for Harlem children.”
More than 300 children received the backpacks and school supplies at the event, leaving happy and ready to start the new school year. More events are scheduled throughout Harlem public housing developments over the next two weeks. In all the program will distribute more than 4,000 backpacks and kits.
Friends of Public School Harlem Inc. (FPSH) is a non-profit that provides much needed resources to Harlem’s public schools and its students so that Harlem’s students can learn, compete and achieve. It seeks to level the playing field so Harlem’s students and schools can reach their full potential and feel the success they are capable of and want so much to achieve by donating resources to the students and the public schools of Harlem.
To date, FPSH has donated over $600,000 in conjunction with the Migdol Family Foundation and given over 15,000 school supply kits for kids, 500 computers and iPads, and this year we will be giving away another 4,000 school supply kits along with backpacks for Harlem’s public schools.