school-supplies-pack-to-school-sibor-staten-island-new-yorkEach year the Staten Island Board of Realtors prepares hundreds of backpacks filled with supplies for distribution to students at a local elementary school

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Seven hundred elementary school students at PS 78, Tompkinsville, will be starting the new school year with an essential assortment of brand new classroom supplies, courtesy of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

Now in its 12th year, SIBOR’s “Pack To School” program has provided thousands of backpacks stocked with marble notebooks, a ruler, crayons (24-count), washable markers, pocket folders, glue sticks, pencils and a pencil box to Island school children.

“A different school each year is designated to receive the supplies for the start of the fall term,” said Laird Klein, president of SIBOR. “Both from the standpoint of the recipients and the donors, this is one of SIBOR’s most gratifying activities.”

This year, SIBOR’s goal is to provide at least 700 backpacks filled with student essentials, said Linda F. Smith, SIBOR director of membership and coordinator of SIBOR’s Pack to School program. The supplies represent donations and merchandise from the Island’s real estate professionals and arrive at SIBOR’s offices to be apportioned into backpacks. Putting the supplies into the backpacks becomes a large effort with participation by Realtors, family members, students seeking community-service hours, and other volunteers, Ms. Smith said. In addition to the supplies, each child is presented with a “Best Wishes for a Successful School Year” note.

On Sept. 5, Realtor volunteers from across the Island will spend the morning personally distributing supply-filled backpacks to the students.
Anyone who would like to make a donation, or learn more about “Pack To School,” can contact Ms. Smith, at 718-928-3230.

Items may be dropped off at all participating Realtor offices and at SIBOR headquarters, 1535 Richmond Ave.,  Suite No.3, Bulls Head.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook and on Twitter.


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