The Toy Industry Foundation and partner My Stuff Bags Foundation delivered 50 “My Stuff” duffel bags to two incoming classes of kindergarten students at Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx, Ny., on Sept. 13. The bags were filled with homemade blankets, school supplies, stuffed animals, toys, and toiletries. Mott Haven is the nation’s only public charter school for at-risk students in foster care or the child welfare system.
Last week, two incoming classes of kindergarteners at Mott Haven Academy Charter School, in the Bronx, N.Y., received 50 duffel bags filled with toys and toiletries, courtesy of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and strategic partner My Stuff Bags Foundation.
The “My Stuff” bags—which contained school supplies, a stuffed animal and blanket, arts and crafts, and toiletries—were handed out to the children who are among the 300,000 kids that enter foster care across the U.S. each year.
Along with school officials, the media, and representatives from TIF, New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and Assembly Member Carmen E. Arroyo were on hand to watch the excited kids open their bags.
Haven Academy, now in its fourth year, is the only public charter school in the nation for at-risk children. Sponsored by The New York Foundling, the school aims to empower kids by integrating family support services into a rigorous academic program so children can reach their full potential.
The Toy Industry Foundation, in partnership with the My Stuff Bags Foundation, recently held an event at the Mott Haven Academy Charter School, located in the Bronx, N.Y. The school is the first in the city designed to serve kids from broken homes. Children at the charter school received new school supplies, toys, and more from the two organizations.
Chanler Findlay, 5, opens his “My Stuff Bag” at the Toy Industry Foundation event held at Haven Academy in the Bronx.
Kindergartner Malachi Taylor shows off a new toy, courtesy of the Toy Industry Foundation at an event hosted with My Stuff Bags at Haven Academy in the Bronx.
For more information on My Stuff Bags, visit www.mystuffbags.org.