Efforts ensure that students in need get school supplies, are prepared for new school year
Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran teamed up with Green Acres Mall to host a back-to school backpack drive to ensure students get the necessary supplies to get off to a good start this school year. A recent report estimated that parents spent an average of $674 dollars on school supplies for their children last year – a number some local families simply cannot afford.
“Every year at this time, families in our community are wondering how they will afford the rising costs associated with sending their children back to school,” said Curran. “It is my goal to try and help those families so all of our children have the things they need to be successful. There are a couple of issues at play here, the first being that a child simply cannot be expected to be successful without the proper tools. The second is that some children may suffer a lack of confidence and/or bullying simply because they don’t have basic things. It is my hope that by providing some assistance to local families, we can make a difference in a child’s daily life and set them up for success now and in the future.”
Recently, Huntington in cooperation with Communities in Schools released the 2017 version of the Huntington Bank Backpack Index, its annual report on expected school costs. Cost levels for this year are expected to be the following:
- $662 for elementary school children, a 1 percent increase compared to 2016;
- $1,001 for middle school children, a 4.6 percent increase compared to 2016; and
- $1,489 for high school students, a less than 1 percent decrease of $9 from last year.
According to another report, the cost of school supplies and extracurricular activities has risen significantly in the last ten years. Costs for elementary school students have soared by 88 percent, while middle school students have seen an equally staggering 81 percent increase in costs and costs for high school students have gone up by 68 percent.
Assemblyman Curran and the Green Acres Mall teamed up once again to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to local families. In all, 200 backpacks were given away at Curran’s district office in Lynbrook.