On September 4th, 2013 United Way of Long Island and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation worked together to deliver 350 backpacks filled with school supplies to underserved children of the Freeport and Westbury school districts. This effort was part of United Way of Long Island’s Community Schools Program of which JP Morgan Chase is a founding sponsor. Recipients of the donated school supplies included the students of Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport and the Westbury Middle School in Westbury.
“JP Morgan Chase is a proud, longtime supporter of United Way of Long Island and we celebrate our success in making a real difference in all our communities. Our partnership with United Way is aimed to improve student successes and strengthen families,” Said Lou Mastrianni, Market President for JPMorgan Chase who was on hand to help distribute the back packs and school supplies to the children. United Way of Long Island board member, Dr. Kishore Kuncham was also on hand to help distribute the school supplies in Freeport.
United Way of Long Island developed the Community Schools Project to offer unique services designed to improve the educational outcomes of students.To help reduce the chances of educational failure and drop-out rates, the project provides a safe and supervised after-school environment where students can get homework help, participate in physical activities, explore new skills and talents, prepare for careers, and develop relationships with peers as well as adults. The project combines teaching and learning with an array of social, health, child and youth development services, while emphasizing community and parental involvement.