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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the fourth annual Back to School/Stay in School rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall, organized by the Borough President’s Office, the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP, the New York City Department of Education and WNET.org.

Attending the event were NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and representatives from participating sponsors, the Brooklyn NAACP and WNET. At least 2,000 free backpacks, containing essential school supplies, have already been designated to deserving children, including those from foster homes, shelters and juvenile detention centers.

“In 2006, the first year of the Back to School/Stay in School program, we gave away 500 backpacks, and in 2007 we doubled that amount,” said Markowitz. “This year, we’re giving away 2,000 backpacks filled with essential back-to-school supplies — because we believe in giving our city’s kids the tools they need to succeed.”

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