Where to Find Free School Supplies in Southland

       There’s still time to have some fun at the end of summer, but before you know it, a new school year is starting.
       As Southland families begin to prepare for a return to school, here are some places and events where parents and carers can get free school supplies, including backpacks, hygiene products and first aid kits.
        Are you ready to celebrate the new year? Some organizations that distribute free school materials are still collecting them. Information on how to donate to help these efforts can be found here.
       CARES and the City of Binghamton have partnered for the eighth year in a row to host a backpack and school supply giveaway.
       All Binghamton City Schools students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to receive free backpacks and other school supplies.
        Held from 10 a.m. to noon at three locations: Recreation Park, 103 Laurel Ave.; Saratoga Community Center, 60 Saratoga Ave.; and Carlisle Community Center, 150 Moeller Street.
        YWCA Young Wonders Child Care Center in Binghamton serves families in need, approximately 87% of whom live in poverty. The goal of the campaign is to provide items such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks to approximately 40 incoming kindergarten and other school-aged youth.
       Donations will be accepted at 80 Holly Street until September 1st, and distribution of materials will begin around September 4th.
        Community members are encouraged to drop off supplies for all grade levels by Aug. 25 at the main entrance of Chenango Bridge Elementary School, 741 River Road. There will be a storage container at the secure entrance.
        Here are the essentials: • Pencils • Pens • Crayons/colored pencils • Pink erasers • Headphones • 2 packs of folders • Wide-sheet paper • Arrangement pad • Backpack • Glue sticks • Markers • 1 themed notebook • 1-in. folder with inserts
        All items collected will be given away to CV families at the school supply giveaway on Friday, August 25th. More details about the timing will be published.
       United Way of the Southland will host a non-traditional back-to-school event this year to find toiletries that meet the basic needs of children in Chemung and Steuben counties.
       United Way will distribute collected items to local schools and youth centers with identified needs.
       Please deliver items to United Way of the Southern Tier, 88 E. Tioga Ave., Corning, or call 607-377-5834 to arrange pickup.
        The Elmira City School District will provide free school supplies to all students for the 2023-24 school year. The county said it can use its significant purchasing power to purchase items at a fraction of what families would pay out of pocket.
        Strong Kids Day will be held at the Chemung County Fairgrounds on August 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required.
       C-Tran provides free hourly transportation from the Transportation Center to the Convention Center and from the Convention Center back to the Transportation Center.
       For those unable to attend the event, please call 607-734-6588 and request a form to pick up your child’s backpack and supplies.
       The Elmira-Corning Chapter of the NAACP will be held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Sullivan St., Elmira, on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where the event was held.
       The grant-funded community action agency is providing backpacks and a limited number of school supplies to families in Allegheny County.
       For more information, call 585-268-7605 and select option 2. Families will be asked to fill out a basic registration form and those who qualify will receive backpacks and educational materials while supplies last.
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Post time: Oct-09-2023