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Staten Island Realtors’ ‘Pack To School’ Program Marks 14th Year of Donating Supplies to Kids

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (Aug. 11, 2016) – More than 500 students at PS 373 in New Brighton will be starting the new school year with an essential assortment of brand new classroom supplies, courtesy of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

Now in its 14th 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.

From left, Realtors Kevin Swetsky and Mike Gentilesco work with Assistant Principal Anthony Casella in distributing SIBOR Pack To School supplies in 2015 to students at PS 25/South Richmond High School in Staten Island, N.Y

From left, Realtors Kevin Swetsky and Mike Gentilesco work with Assistant Principal Anthony Casella in distributing SIBOR Pack To School supplies in 2015 to students at PS 25/South Richmond High School on Staten Island.

“We take pride in our borough and enjoy helping some of the youngest members of our community begin their new school year on a high note,” said Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, president of SIBOR.

This year, SIBOR’s goal is to provide hundreds of 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.

In early September, 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, in the Bulls Head/Graniteville community.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

Having marked its 100th anniversary in October 2015, the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit professional and 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 promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of approximately 1,800 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 3,700 real estate transactions every year.

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

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 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.

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