AAFE will be hosting a Back to School event in Flushing, Queens August 19, featuring free backpacks for hundreds of students, free school supplies, information about essential community programs and a raffle.
Co-sponsors include the Korean American Family Service Center (KSFSC), Korean Community Services (KCS), New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Child Center of NY, Undo Poverty Flushing, Garden of Hope, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, State Sen. John Liu, State Assemblymember Ron Kim and City Council member Sandra Ung.
The event will take place at AAFE’s One Flushing Community Center, 133-29 41st Avenue, from noon to 4PM. Parents of school-aged children (K-12) are encouraged to sign up in advance for a free backpack by RSVPing here or by calling 718-961-0888 (flyers accompany this press advisory). Supplies are limited!
On the same day, August 19, AAFE will also be hosting a backpack giveaway in Jackson Heights. A similar back to school event is taking place at AAFE’s offices in Manhattan’s Chinatown August 16. The Jackson Heights and Chinatown giveaways are already fully booked. More details about these and other events can be found on AAFE’s community calendar.
“Our back to school events are meant to provide a helping hand to struggling families throughout New York City who need a little extra support to ensure that their children are well prepared to start the school year,” said Emily Rios, managing director of AAFE Community Services. “We are excited to be partnering with our elected officials and so many incredible non-profit organizations to share critical community resources.”
AAFE has served the Flushing community for more than 25 years, offering multilingual community services and affordable housing. From the One Flushing Community Center, AAFE provides access to government entitlement programs, immigration assistance, housing counseling and a popular after school program for immigrant high school students. AAFE Flushing also offers free bi-monthly legal clinics in partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York.