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Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens Distributes over 1,000 Backpacks at Annual Event

September 20, 2022

ASTORIA – Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens hosted a Back to School Festival on September 10, sponsored by Hydro Quebec, Champlain Hudson Power Express, Mega Contracting, Heroes Basketball, JetBlue, Queens Together, and Chip City. Over 800 backpacks and numerous school supplies generously donated by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., New York State Senator Jessica Ramos, New York City Councilmember Tiffany Caban, Apartment 3R, Staples store #841, Disney, Queens Center Mall, New York Cares, and the New York Mets, were given away to students.

Over 1,000 participants came through the event enjoying the inflatable slide, bounce house, face painting, tie dye station, and more. BioBus conducted science experiments with kids throughout the day. Chip City gave away 300 free cookies at the event. Other local vendors present were Ample Hills Creamery and Astoria Bookshop. Among the organizations in attendance were NYS of Health, FDNY, MetroPlus Health, and Girls Scouts of America.

Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens hosted a Back to School Festival on September 10 included backpacks and numerous school supplies for students and a visit from Mr. Met. Photo: Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens

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