Local children to receive school supplies through donations
Whether they are excited for school to start or will miss the carefree summer days, every child wants to have the needed supplies when the school bell rings.
Schenectady County partnered with the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties to make sure some children receive the right supplies to get the school year off to a good start through Operation Back-to-School.
School supply donation bins will be placed in Schenectady County buildings and county library branches. All donations are being accepted until Thursday, Sept. 2 and the supplies will be delivered to Hamilton Elementary School students on the first day of classes, Wednesday, Sept. 8.
As a mother of school-aged children, I know how exciting the first day of school can be, but I also understand how difficult it is for struggling families to provide the necessary school supplies to get their children off to the right start, said Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. `As a sustaining member of the Junior League, I am proud that Schenectady is partnering with the Junior League to provide this valuable service to children and our families.`
Savage was joined by President of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties Deneen Palmateer and principal of Hamilton Elementary School Robert Flanders for the formal announcement on Monday, Aug. 23.
The League’s program, now in its seventh year, was started by then-president Denise Murphy McGraw, Niskayuna Town Board member, and it has provided school supplies and backpacks to more than 6,500 children in Schenectady County, said Palmateer.
`We ` the members of the Junior League, the school, the families ` all believe that by children starting the year off prepared, they’re starting the year off prepared to succeed,` said Palmateer.
For five years, the Junior League has provided Hamilton Elementary students with school supplies, and the donations will go towards helping provide these children once again.
`For five years, Hamilton students have been able to start the year off prepared and ready to learn because they have the school supplies necessary to be successful,` said Flanders. `We don’t send home a school supplies list, because all those school supplies have been provided for us. Our teachers get together at the end of the year and put together a great list of items they would like to see in the classroom.`
Since receiving the donations, Flanders said, children are able to come to the first day of school prepared, and there is no awkward time where children wait to receive school supplies from their parents.
`School supplies are expensive, and our parents have a difficult time affording all the school supplies that we really need in order to have our kids ready to learn on the first day of school,` said Flanders.
The school supply `wish list` includes markers, crayons, pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, glue sticks, pencil boxes, subject folders, composition notebooks and tissues.
`When we’re out buying our own school supplies for our kids to go back to school, we just want to encourage our county employees and people throughout the county to pick up a few extra things,` said Savage. `They can make a real difference in a student’s life and hopefully provide a great first day of school and a strong school year for kids who need a little extra help.`
For a list of drop box locations and a complete list of needed supplies visit the county’s