Build a backpack, grow a reader

By Karen Young

The Long Island Gas Contact Center supported the United Way of New York City Back to School Drive “Build a Backpack, Grow a Reader” to provide deserving students with tools they will need to succeed in school. Supervisor Tanasia Perry led the drive to collect donations. The team exceeded its goal, providing 115 backpacks and more than 3,000 school supply items.

Employees filling back packs

(Photo: Long Island Gas Contact Center employees prepare back packs to help deserving children start the school year. Pictured: Tanasia Perry, Supervisor; Margaret Gordon, Manager, and Ayanna Watts, Representative.)

“Our employees are committed to giving back to the communities we serve, said Tanasia. “The team was excited for the opportunity to help children in our community start the school year ready with a new backpack and supplies.”

The Back to School Drive supports United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC and Community School initiatives. The build a backpack, grow a reader initiative is designed to send NYC’s most-vulnerable students back to school ready to read. ReadNYC is United Way of New York City’s signature initiative to improve grade-level reading by third grade—a critical milestone in determining a child’s future academic and economic success.

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