Community unites for back to school event in early August


The National Council of Jewish Women hosted its 8th annual Back 2 School Store event on Aug. 6, aiding elementary students from underserved communities in obtaining clothing and school essentials for the upcoming school year.

The annual event was jointly sponsored by the South Shore Section and the Peninsula Section of the NCJW. The South Shore Section includes several communities, including Baldwin, Freeport, Island Park, Long Beach, Oceanside and Rockville Centre, showcasing their commitment to the collective well-being of the children of these neighborhoods.

Over 250 volunteers came together to ensure the success of the event, which saw an attendance of approximately 800 elementary school students.

Children were paired with personal shoppers to pick out essential items without their parents. The young participants selected everything from winter jackets and sneakers to shirts, pants, socks, toiletries, backpacks, and other school necessities. Local and national businesses generously provided all-new items as donations for the event.

The goal of the B2SS event is to instill a sense of empowerment in the children, ensuring they feel confident and well-prepared as they start the new school year.

As the children were shopping, their parents had the opportunity to engage with the Family Resource Center. The center collaborates with various agencies and organizations throughout Nassau County, offering vital information on health and county-specific services beneficial for both the parents and their families.

An additional day was scheduled several days ahead of the main event. This exclusive day was specifically for children with disabilities, ensuring they could partake in the shopping experience comfortably and have a dedicated day tailored to their needs.

With the support of local businesses and tireless volunteers, this year’s B2SS event has once again highlighted the strength and unity of the community in ensuring every child starts the school year with confidence.