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Stuff A Backpack In Eastchester To Benefit Students In Need

All the school supplies needed to fill a backpack as part of ANDRUS' drive in Eastchester and Yonkers.
All the school supplies needed to fill a backpack as part of ANDRUS' drive in Eastchester and Yonkers. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. – With the beginning of the academic year just weeks away, ANDRUS Early Learning Center, which has locations in Yonkers and Tuckahoe, is helping to supply students in need with backpacks chock full of school supplies.

As part of the “ANDRUS Backpack Bonanza for Children,” schools officials have been busy collecting everything that students from kindergarten through ninth grade that may be in need to outfit them for the new school year.

From pens and pencils to binders and notebooks, ANDRUS has teamed with local community groups, businesses and individual residents to collect everything needed to stuff a backpack for nearly 4,000 students in need.

All donations will support children in the special education Orchard School, mental health clinics, various other early childhood, after school and community programs. Donations can be dropped off throughout the month at the ANDRUS Campus on North Broadway in Yonkers.

There will be a special treat for the generous individuals donating on Thursday, as students and faculty members will be on hand with “lemonade, snacks and much gratitude.”

A fully-stocked backpack for students in kindergarten through sixth grade includes:

  • 3 one-subject notebooks or marble books
  • 2 folders
  • Calculator
  • Erasers
  • Homework pad
  • Glue stick
  • Plastic ruler
  • Pencil case/box
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Pens

For middle school students:

  • One or two-inch binder
  • Colored tab dividers
  • 2 packets of paper
  • Three-subject notebooks
  • 2 pocket folders
  • Erasers
  • Plastic ruler
  • Plastic protractor
  • Homework pad
  • Scientific calculator
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters

Backpacks will not be accepted if they have scissors, pencil sharpeners, metal rulers, metal compasses or other potentially dangerous goods. Inquiries regarding donations can be sent to Eric Osterman at or (914) 965-3799 ext. 1097.

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