It is a fact that an under-nourished child cannot learn on an empty stomach
but giving a child the proper nourishment is only the beginning. There are
other tools required to make a child's learning experience a positive one.
Sending a child to school at the beginning of the school year with new
supplies relays the message that school is important and imparts a sense of
pride in the process and ultimately, themselves.
However, not every family has the means to provide
such basic items. It is with this in mind that Long Island Cares
initiated the School Tools Program. There are thousands of families on
Long Island that do not have the money to buy their children school
supplies. Despite working full-time, these families cannot provide the
essentials. On a daily basis they must make heart-wrenching choices.
Should they pay the electric bill, or buy medicine? Should they pay
the rent, or buy clothes for growing children?
Children need constant encouragement and it is up
to us as a community to see that each child receives such support.
Through the School Tools program, families have access to school supplies at
a critical time in the school year. This program allows needy children
to attend school properly equipped for successful education and it also
helps them avoid some of the psychological pain of poverty.
Donations of items such as backpacks, notebooks,
planners, paper, binders, crayons, pens and pencils are delivered to or
picked up by Long Island Cares. School supplies are also purchased at
substantial discount from funds provided by corporation, foundation, and charitable organization grants.
School Tools are then distributed to school kids through our member
The School Tools Program is sponsored in part by a grant from Newsday
Charities, a fund of the