National Grid Hosts ‘Supplies’ Party

By Dave Bertola

National Grid New York President John Bruckner and New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia distribute school supplies and stuff animals to Buffalo kindergartners

National Grid New York President John Bruckner, top right, was joined by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (top, third from left) to distribute school supplies and stuffed animals to Buffalo-area kindergartners on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 11, National Grid New York President John Bruckner announced an initiative with a Buffalo-based nonprofit, The Teacher’s Desk , to distribute school supplies to more than 10,000 kindergartners in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Long Island.

Bruckner joined The Teacher’s Desk founder John Mika, New York Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia and kindergartners from Buffalo Public School No. 59 to make the announcement.

National Grid is a longtime supporter of The Teacher’s Desk, which was founded to provide free school supplies to teachers working in schools in under-served or low-income communities. Annually, The Teacher’s Desk distributes $6 million in school supplies, new books and other resources to 6,000 teachers in western New York, impacting 150,000 students at 250 schools.

National Grid provided a grant of $25,900, enabling school supplies to be distributed throughout the state. Each kindergartner will receive a pack of school supplies that includes pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue sticks, erasers, a folder and more.

“National Grid supports many educational programs,” Bruckner said. “These kids could be our future workforce. It’s important that we find ways to ensure that they have that chance, and no child should be held back because of a lack of simple supplies.”

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