Staten Island Realtors’ ‘Pack To School’ Program

In 12th Year of Donating Supplies to Kids

 

Staten Island Business Bank Highlights local Realtors’ annual effort

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Victory State Bank applauds the initiative of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) as it works to provide children with supplies for the new school year.

Seven hundred elementary school students at PS 78, Tompkinsville, will be starting the school next month with an essential assortment of brand new classroom supplies, courtesy of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

Now in its 12th year, SIBOR’s “Pack To School” program has provided thousands of backpacks stocked with marble notebooks, a ruler, crayons (24-count), washable markers, pocket folders, glue sticks, pencils and a pencil box to Island school children.

“A different school each year is designated to receive the supplies for the start of the fall term,” said Laird Klein, president of SIBOR. “Both from the standpoint of the recipients and the donors, this is one of SIBOR's most gratifying activities.”

This year, SIBOR’s goal is to provide at least 700 backpacks filled with student essentials, said Linda F. Smith, SIBOR director of membership and coordinator of SIBOR’s Pack to School program.

The supplies represent donations and merchandise from the Island's real estate professionals and arrive at SIBOR's offices to be apportioned into backpacks.

Putting the supplies into the backpacks becomes a large effort with participation by Realtors, family members, students seeking community-service hours, and other volunteers, Ms. Smith said.

In addition to the supplies, each child is presented with a “Best Wishes for a Successful School Year” note.

On Sept. 5, Realtor volunteers from across the Island will spend the morning personally distributing supply-filled backpacks to the students.

Anyone who would like to make a donation, or learn more about “Pack To School,” can contact Ms. Smith, at 718-928-3230.

Items may be dropped off at all participating Realtor offices and at SIBOR headquarters, 1535 Richmond Ave.,  Suite No.3, Bulls Head.

 

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y. 

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas. 

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at www.sibor.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors” and on Twitter via @SIBOR.

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.victorystatebank.com.

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