More than 200 Buffalo kids receive backpacks, supplies

By David Bertola

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, left, was joined by National Grid regional director Ken Kujawa to distribute backpacks full of school supplies on Aug. 15.

 

On Aug. 15, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was joined by National Grid regional director Ken Kujawa to celebrate more than 200 Buffalo Public School students graduating from the annual Say Yes/Police Athletic League summer education camp.

Program graduates, who are in grades 1 to 6, received new backpacks filled with age-appropriate back-to-school supplies, which were donated by National Grid. The event on Aug. 15 marked the third consecutive year that the company sponsored this event, held at Hennepin Park Community Center in Buffalo.

“National Grid staff and I enjoy being part of this great event, where dozens of smiling kids receive new backpacks in time for the new school year,” Kujawa said.

Since its inception in 2015, the City of Buffalo has committed more than $2.3 million to the ‘Say Yes’ program which, along with Buffalo Public Schools and the City of Buffalo, commits to organizing and providing free summer programming to students entering grades 1-6 through 2021. The camps provide academic components to reinforce school-year lessons plus an enrichment component that expands students’ exposure to leadership, arts, culture and other activities.

“Congratulations to all of these students who have spent the last six weeks maintaining their education skills, while also having a great time,” said Mayor Brown.