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Van Bramer launches ‘Back to School Drive’, urges residents to donate backpacks and school supplies

Kids from PS 111

Kids from PS 111

Aug. 9, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer launched his seventh Annual Back to School Drive last week to help children from poor families get the school supplies they need.

Residents are being asked to donate school items and drop them off at the councilman’s district office (47-01 Queens Blvd) or at any of the five libraries throughout District 26, including the Sunnyside, Woodside and Court Square branches.

The school supplies in demand include:  pencils, folders, binders, loose-leaf paper, graphing paper, notebooks, calculators, highlighters, rulers, protractors, glue sticks, crayons, lunchboxes and backpacks.

In the past six years, Van Bramer’s school supplies drive has collected thousands of supplies for local students.

All donated supplies will be given to one or two schools within the district, and school officials will distribute the supplies based on need. Last year donations went to PS 111, a school attended by children from Ravenswood and Queensbridge.

The drive began on August 2 and donations will be collected through September 8.

“No parent should have to worry about affording school supplies for their child,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “This school supply drive helps ease the burden for many families at this stressful time of year.”

Drop off locations:

  • Sunnyside Library, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104
  • Woodside Library, 54-22 Skillman Avenue, Woodside, NY, 11377
  • Long Island City Library, 37-44 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11107
  • Court Square Library, 25-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11103
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Jethro bodine-i done graduated the 6th grade

DT you need a refresher course in spelling. I could just see it, big dopey you with a dunce cap on with the 1st graders


JVB does a good job. People bash him because hes the easy target but he has to please everyone which is impossible.thanks jimmy, you are honorable,and you do the best that can be expected in a very tough job.


i doubt he will but he will take alot of money for building new apts and putting up homeless shelters a/k/a Hotels –


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