NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU, in partnership with Raymour & Flanigan announced the fabulous official kick-off of their second annual Supporting Our Schools / Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas Tri-State school supply drive.
The campaign starts today and will include a one-day call-to-action collection event next Saturday, July 28 at 53 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the region (a store located in Harlem).
For a map of participating Raymour & Flanigan locations and a “shopping list” of the most-requested school supplies, please visit NBCNewYork.com/Backpacks or Telemundo47.com/Mochilas. The full campaign will conclude on Sunday, August 26.
NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47 and Raymour & Flanigan to host second annual “Supporting Our Schools” / “Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas” school supply drive
Kicking off Friday, July 20 and continuing through Sunday, August 26. The drive will also include a one day call-to-action collection event on Saturday, July 28 featuring store visits from NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 anchors and reporters to encourage local giving.
Collections will take place at 53 Raymour & Flanigan locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Visit NBCNewYork.com/Backpacks to access a map of local collection locations. To access the information in Spanish, please visit Telemundo47.com/Mochilas.
Donations can be made in clearly-labeled bins, available at all participating Raymour & Flanigan locations. Supplies will be distributed to local students through City Year, local Boys & Girls Clubs and the United Way.
“Many viewers cannot afford to purchase backpacks, notebooks and other important school supplies for their children. The costs can exceed more than $600 per child. We are committed to making a difference and this is why WNBC is joining with Raymour & Flanigan to collect school supplies for local families in need,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
Over 15,000 individual school supply items were donated through the 2017 NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47 and Raymour & Flanigan Supporting Our Schools / Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive. The inaugural campaign also raised more than $20,000 in donations.
“Teachers are often forced to dip into their budgets or even use their own funds to purchase school supplies for local students. Our Apoyando a Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive will ease the burden on classrooms and will place these important education tools in the hands of those who need them the most,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
In addition to hosting school supply collections at their 53 Tri-State locations, Raymour & Flanigan will also encourage school supply donations through a one-day, $100 discount on purchases over $1,000 on Saturday, July 28. An on-site donation to the “Supporting our Schools” school supply drive is required to redeem this discount offer. NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 news anchors and reporters will also appear at several Raymour & Flanigan locations that day to thank Raymour & Flanigan shoppers for their donations to the drive.
“Raymour & Flanigan strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work. It’s a key component of our company culture,” said Elisabeth Dwyer, Director of Media and Special Events of Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. “For these important reasons, we are thrilled to join with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 in this year’s Supporting Our Schools / Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive, and look forward to preparing our local students for success in the upcoming school year.”
The stations’ local school supply drive is the latest in a series of community-driven initiatives both stations have introduced in the New York Tri-State area to help strengthen their local communities. On April 28, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 joined together to lead one of the largest local food drives in the New York market. Hosted in partnership with Stop & Shop supermarkets, the second annual “Feeding Our Families” / “Alimentando a Nuestras Familias” food drive collected over 240 tons of non-perishable goods, enough to provide close to 2 million meals for local families in need.
Additionally, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 recently presented $225,000 in Project Innovation grants to three local non-profits that are using technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming. This year, NBC and Telemundo stations have awarded more than $2.4 million in Project Innovation grants to non-profit organizations all across the country that are doing their part to transform their communities by providing solutions to real-life problems through tech-based approaches.
For more information about “Supporting Our Schools” including news content about classroom performance, the costs to educate a child and what you can do to help students and teachers, visit SupportingOurSchools.com or ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.comto access information in Spanish. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #SupportingOurSchools and #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.
“Supporting Our Schools” / “Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas” is a nationwide school supply drive spearheaded by NBC and Telemundo owned stations located all across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. The stations work with local non-profits to help collect supplies and funds that will help students and teachers in need.