What to Know
The school supply drive begins Wednesday, July 19 and concludes Saturday, July 29 with a massive one day call-to-action collection event
Members of the public interested in donating school supplies can visit 47 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the region
See the map above for participating Raymour & Flanigan locations
NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York/WNJU, in partnership with Raymour & Flanigan and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, announced the kick-off of their first-ever Supporting Our Schools/Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas tri-state school supply drive.
The drive begins Wednesday, July 19 and ends Saturday, July 29 with a massive one day call-to-action collection event. Donations can be made in clearly-labeled bins, available at 47 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the tri-state area (see the map above for participating stores). All supplies will benefit students attending Boys & Girls Clubs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with these donations collected by Clubs within close proximity to each collection site.
“It can be difficult for some tri-state families to afford school supplies for their children. At WNBC we want to help parents and students and that is why our station has joined with Raymour & Flanigan to collect backpacks, notebooks and other important school supplies for local students in need,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York.
"Our Apoyando a Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive will help place more school supplies in the hands of those students who need them the most. These supplies provide the most basic foundation for growth and success in the classroom and we’re excited to work with NBC 4 New York and Raymour & Flanigan to collect supplies and help local students all across the Tri-State area,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47.
In addition to hosting school supply collections at their 47 tri-state locations, Raymour & Flanigan will also encourage school supply donations through a one-day $100 discount on purchases over $1,000 on Saturday, July 29. An on-site donation to the “Supporting our Schools” school supply drive is required to redeem this discount offer. NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 news personalities will also appear at several Raymour & Flanigan locations that day to thank Raymour & Flanigan shoppers for their donations to the drive.
“As part of our company culture, Raymour & Flanigan strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work” said Jennifer DeGennaro, director of sales. “We’re thrilled to participate in this collection to benefit the youth in our communities.”
“Supporting Our Schools” is a month-long awareness campaign spearheaded by NBC and Telemundo-owned stations located in 20 markets across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, including New York, that seeks to raise awareness about classroom needs and what communities can do to help students and teachers in need. In partnership with Communities in Schools, DonorsChoose.org and other national nonprofits working at the local level including United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs, the stations’ first-ever “Supporting our Schools" awareness campaign will take place throughout July 2017 to help students and teachers have the access to the resources they need to achieve a brighter tomorrow.
“After-school programs at Boys & Girls Clubs support the learning kids do during the school day to increase Club members’ overall academic success,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “With the average cost of school supplies for families nearly $500 per child, this partnership will help so many of our Club members be prepared and ready to achieve great futures this school year and beyond.”
For more information about “Supporting Our Schools” including news content about classroom performance, the costs to educate a child and what you can do to help students and teachers, visit SupportingOurSchools.com or ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #SupportingOurSchools and #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.