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Elementary Students Show Appreciation For Backpacks

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School presented thank you cards to Mayor Rich David and the United Way of Broome County on Wednesday.

The City and United Way have provided over 500 backpacks and 2,200 school supplies to Binghamton students this year.

Theodore Roosevelt on the north side received 240 of those .. and every student in Kindergarten through the second grade walked into school on their first day to brand new backpacks and school supplies.

"We have a lot of kids who will move in here throughout the year and they'll often time move in without the supplies they need... so this is perfect because now we have a stash waiting for us whenever we need one," said principal David Chilson.

 This is the second year that the City and United Way of Broome County have teamed up to have backpack giveaways for the Binghamton youth.

The City says that the total cost of the backpack program is roughly $2,808, $2000 of it being paid for by the General Fund's youth programming budget, with the rest being provided by the United Way.