Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NJ Better Education Group Gives Backpacks To Kids

The Better Education Institute (BEI) – the newly launched non-profit arm of Better Education for Kids, Inc. – in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Jersey will provide 2,000 backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in need on August 31th, in Plainfield, New Jersey.
“We are very excited to team up with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in Plainfield for our second annual backpack drive. At BEI we want to make sure every child has a great teacher, but we also want to help students arrive at school with the tools to be successful. This drive is one way to make that happen,” said Gerard Green, Outreach Coordinator for BEI.
“We are ecstatic to partner with BEI to help children throughout the state,” said Carlos Lejnieks, Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Jersey.  “These sorts of partnerships are exactly what it takes to make sure our children have every opportunity to be successful in the classroom.”
Backpacks are Free for Plainfield residents. The distribution will take place on Friday, August 31st. The distribution site and time are as follows:

Shiloh Baptist Church
515 West 4th St,
Plainfield, NJ 07060
5pm – 7pm
Plainfield residents interested in receiving the free backpacks and supplies for their children are encouraged to preregister. Registration is free and can be done at: b4njkids.org/plainfield
Please have your child/children in attendance when you pick up your bag. Supplies are limited.

About the Better Education Institute (BEI)
Quality education has been inequitably distributed in this state, and in this country, for far too long. This fundamental challenge goes unanswered in many of New Jersey’s struggling communities. BEI mission is to deploy research-based programs in five key areas in an effort to create sustainable and long lasting educational change for low-income and at-risk children.

About Better Education for Kids, Inc.
Better Education for Kids, Inc. (B4K) is an independent voice for common-sense education reform in New Jersey.  B4K stands for the proposition that the first priority of the New Jersey public school system must be the best interests of New Jersey students, not the special interests that dominate the status quo. To this end, every class must have an effective teacher and every school an effective principal, and teachers and principals should be given the necessary training and resources to be effective. Public policy and all administrative and personnel policies should support these goals. Parents must be empowered with access to data and other information to hold educators, leaders and elected officials accountable for their performance.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one–to–one mentoring that change their lives for the better, forever.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Jersey supports all local BBBS chapters throughout the entire state of New Jersey through the sharing of best practices, mutual support, awareness building, advocacy and the acquisition of developmental resources and funding.  There are nine chapters covering 21 counties. For more information: www.BBBSNJ.org.

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