September 4


Flatbush – Backpack Giveaway as the New Academic Year Arrives

September 4, 2023

As summer comes to an end, and school around the corner, children were provided with new school supplies at the 4th Annual Back2School Block Party on Saturday, August 26th.

Families gathered at 1 Hillel Place Plaza, at the Flatbush Junction, to get new supplies and enjoy one last summer outing with interactive games, live music, prizes, tasty sweets and much more. The event was organized by Councilwoman Farah Louis (District 45) and the I WILL GRADUATE PROGRAM, a nonprofit organization that focuses on youth-related initiatives.
“It’s an opportunity for us to support our scholars in Flatbush and provide them with a quality durable book bag and school supplies,” said Louis. “It’s also an opportunity for families, parents and guardians to get information from local nonprofits that can help them throughout the academic year.”
Students were provided with canteens, crayons, looseleaf, markers, notepads, pencils, pens, printing paper and whatever else they may need. Also, families got to play games and participate in activities, including rock climbing, enjoy treats such as slushies and cotton candy, and seek information and assistance from local nonprofit organizations.
“We always believe in serving the public,” said President of The Sigma Beta Club of Brooklyn Clifford Mondesir. “Our motto is Culture for Service and Service to Humanity. So wherever we are at, we’re always going to help out. This is what we do throughout Brooklyn and other boroughs.”
In addition to events like this giveaway, Louis plans to continue helping her community by passing bills focusing on financial literacy and domestic violence.
“We have lot of plans for the upcoming year,” said Louis. “We plan on launching an initiative in the fall to support young people to understand financial literacy. We also have our upcoming domestic violence series called “Take A Stand” in October. It’s four weeks of programming to identify red flags in relationships and anything they see around them.”
Louis also plans to support an endometriosis package this fall to help young women start a conversation regarding the disease and have access to quality healthcare.

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