Peekskill, NY - The clock is winding down on summer, which means it's time for kids to start thinking about going back to school. This year, students in Peekskill might not mind going back. Thanks to Senator Terrence Murphy, the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, and local community organizations, hundreds of students were given free backpacks loaded with pencils, pens, notebooks and other classroom necessities. Mount Olivet organized its fourth annual rally, which was hosted by the church at Peekskill Middle School on August 17. When Senator Murphy, an avid supporter of the church, heard about the event, he donated 25 fully loaded backpacks and then went to the school to help distribute them.
"A solid education is an important building block for young students. Anything we can do to better prepare students for the school year can help improve their learning experience," said Senator Murphy. "Giving young eager minds the tools they need to succeed is easy, and it's a pleasure. The rest is up to them. I told them what I tell my children, study hard, dream big, and think big!"
Senator Murphy, Reverend Young, Reverend Tuesday Paige McDonald from Mt. Olivet, Dr. David Mauricio, Superintendent of Peekskill Schools, and the Hon. Reginald J. Johnson, a judge for Peekskill City Court, were among the guests handing out backpacks to the eager students.