Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) recently hosted several back-to-school events providing much-needed supplies to students attending local summer programs throughout his district. On Friday, August 14, Crowley visited the Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities’ summer camp in Corona alongside NYS Senator Jose Peralta. Then, on August 18, Crowley partnered with NYS Assembly Members Michael DenDekker and Francisco Moya at Goodwill’s Beacon Program at P.S. 149 in Jackson Heights and New York Junior Tennis & Learning’s ACES Club summer program at I.S. 61 in Corona, respectively. In total, school supplies including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers and other materials were distributed to over 400 students.

“If we want our children to succeed in the classroom, it is vitally important that they have the necessary tools to do so,” said Rep. Crowley. “Starting the new school year with inadequate supplies puts our children at a disadvantage. That’s why, each year, I am proud to partner with our local elected officials and local summer camps to promote academic enrichment and ensure students are equipped to get off to the right start!”

“Children require adequate school supplies to be prepared for the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, many local families cannot afford these critical learning tools in light of a hard time making ends meet,” said State Senator Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “I want to thank Representative Joseph Crowley and Elmcor for organizing this and other school supply giveaways to ensure that our kids have the proper tools to succeed in school.”

“I am proud to partner up with Congressman Crowley and Goodwill’s Beacon Program to provide school supplies for 220 students of P.S. 149,” said Assemblyman DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights). “Having the proper supplies is an important step towards having a successful school year, and unfortunately, too many students start the year without them. The Beacon program recognizes this need, and together, we were able to supply more than 200 students with loose leaf paper, two pocket folders, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, and more to ensure they have the basic building blocks for academic success. There is no more important resource for this city’s future than our children, and we must do all that we can to support them as they grow and learn.”

“For too many students in Queens, the school supply list is simply unaffordable,” said Assemblyman Moya (D-Jackson Heights). “Public education may be free, but backpacks and school supplies are not. I’m proud to support Congressman Crowley in his efforts to provide our students with the supplies they need to start the school year.”

Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities’ summer camp operates from late June through August for children ages 5-13. The camp offers recreational, mentoring and learning activities, weekly trips, breakfast and lunch.

Beacon Programs are school-based community centers serving children age 6 and older, and adults. Goodwill NY-NJ operates five Beacons in Brooklyn and Queens. Each site offers a unique program geared to meet the needs of its community.

Through tennis, academic enrichment, healthy living, and character development programs, New York Junior Tennis Learning teaches life skills to underserved youth throughout New York City.