HARRISBURG – State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone have announced that they will distribute school supplies to children later this week as part of a project coordinated between Rozzi, Caltagirone, Reading Mayor Wally Scott and the Berks Community Action Program.
Rozzi and Caltagirone will be on hand to deliver school supplies to children from the city of Reading and their families Friday, Aug. 23 at Reading City Hall.
Rozzi, Caltagirone and Scott worked alongside BCAP, a nonprofit organization, to seek out and gather donations of essential school supplies for children heading back to school.
“We realize any small part we can do to help our children be better prepared for the first day of school can make a huge difference in the lives of these children and their families,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “Our hope is this small gesture could help a child enter the school year excited about learning instead of worrying about not being ready to take the next step in their education.”
Caltagirone added: “Students return to school each year with at least a sliver of trepidation. We wanted to help those in need, and hopefully — by presenting backpacks and school uniforms – we’ve lessened some of that anxiety and fear children experience before heading back to school.”
Families signed up for the program through BCAP. A private nonprofit organization, BCAP has been serving Berks residents since 1965, providing assistance to help people overcome obstacles. BCAP’s mission is to combat poverty in the city of Reading and Berks County and help individuals become more self-sufficient.