During the month of August, People to People will distribute more than 2,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to children from low-income Rockland families through its Back to School with Dignity program. “Back to School with Dignity is a vital program,” People to People Executive Director Diane Serratore said, “because it provides at-risk kids with the tools they need to start school successfully.” Since 1994, People to People’s Back to School with Dignity program has sent thousands of Rockland children back to school with the tools they need to succeed. Over the past 19 years, the number of children benefiting from Back to School with Dignity has grown from 35 in 1994 to nearly 2,000 in 2013. Back to School with Dignity school supplies are distributed to the children of People to People clients – struggling parents who have met income eligibility requirements and come to the People to People Food Pantry monthly for food.

“We still need more binders, two-pocket folders, loose leaf paper, crayons, rulers, marble composition notebooks, pens, pencils and erasers,” Serratore said. “Other agencies that work with kids from low-income families are calling People to People for help so we’re going to need more supplies if we’re going to be able to get school supplies to all the kids that need them,” she said

Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at People to People’s offices at 121 West Nyack Road in Nanuet on Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until August 30. For more information, visit or call Diane Serratore are 845-623-4900, ext. 207.

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