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Brooklyn neighbors hold a school suopplies drive to help students returning to classrooms for the first time in a while

RITA A. LEONARD - Brooklyn Action Corps volunteers Josh Hetrick and Melaney Dittler show some of the school supplies and food boxes collected at the Brooklyn Park donation event at the end of August. With the schools about to open, the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association held a student supply drive on Saturday, August 28, on the playground at Brooklyn Park.

In addition to the elementary school students, another beneficiary was the "Groceries 4 Grout" food pantry at Grout Elementary School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard, which received food boxes, and hygiene items for children,

The drive also served as a returnable bottle drop location for an ongoing fundraiser for the Friends of Brooklyn Park (FOBP) – bottle deposits have helped finance the summer park program for kids at the neighborhood park since PP&R discontinued its support.

Generous Brooklyn neighbors provided pencils, pens, notebooks, scissors, colored markers, calculators, books, maps, rulers, rubber bands, math supplies, and other items needed for the classroom. Grout School supply lists were available online to prompt the memories of those who have forgotten all the things kids need for their learning experience.

Brooklyn Action Corps volunteers Cheryl Crowe, Josh Hettrick, Melaney Dittler, and John Karabaic reported that they collected a wide selection of school materials, as well as boxes of food and hygiene items for the Grout Food Pantry, which also serves the needy in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Although the 2021 Brooklyn Park Kids Program has completed its offerings for the year, Friends of Brooklyn Park will continue to accumulate donations to support next summer's popular program, in the program led by Ben Tarne. The August 28th event received some 15 bags of recyclable cans and bottles; and now plans are being formulated for an online fundraising auction to be held in February.


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