Harlem, New York — September 24th, 2020 — In a widely attended event at Harlem’s St. Nicholas Houses, Friends of Public School Harlem distributed more than 200 kits of school supplies to at-need students. Created to provide students with essential back to school resources, the kits contain:
The event was organized to support FPSH’s ongoing mission of providing educational resources and support to public schools and their students in Harlem. The event was attended by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilman Bill Perkins, and District Leader Keith Lilly, among others.
“It’s wonderful to see the ongoing efforts of Friends of Public School Harlem to support Harlem students,” said Brewer when commenting on the event. “Promoting education is a cornerstone of building strong communities and part of that is ensuring that students have the resources necessary for productive learning.”
School supplies continue to be an area of need as many school districts have reported a funding gap that fails to address student needs. Recent Department of Education surveys show that 94% of teachers spend their own money on school supplies, highlighting the need for additional support. This statistic also helps point to the increased hardship experienced by low-income communities, where schools may not have financial resources on hand to compensate for funding gaps.
The event at St. Nicholas Houses is part of a broader initiative by FPSH to address that shortfall in resources and to help ensure Harlem’s students are supported throughout their public school education.
About the organization
Friends of Public School Harlem is a non-profit organization focused on supporting education in Harlem. Created by President and founder Jerry Migdol, the organization is a reflection of his own understanding of the critical importance of education. To this end, the organization provides school supplies to public school students. It also provides scholarships, computers, and tablets for high academic achievers. In addition, FPSH engages in related activities to help strengthen Harlem’s communities such as food distribution and efforts to support criminal justice reform.
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