By Gretchen Berger
P.S. 75, the Emily Dickinson School, (grades K through 5), is holding a donation drive to help about 40 young migrant children get through the New York winter. They arrived just a few weeks ago, and the school is preparing for at least another 10 students in the coming weeks, an alumna told WSR. Most of them have come with few possessions, let alone winter clothes to keep them warm.
P.S. 75, located at 735 West End Ave., between 95th and 96th St., serves the Manhattan Valley and Bloomingdale areas. According to information gleaned from Inside Schools, it is quite diverse — “an oasis” for multi-racial families and families of all income levels. It is also known for its dual language program, in which students become fluent in both English and Spanish (which is probably why the migrant children were placed there.)
An email blast was sent to former P.S. 75 alumni requesting clothing items for children up to age 12 for the following:
Warm shirts and pants
Sweaters and sweatshirts
New only (not used!) socks and underwear
Winter coats and jackets
Gloves, scarves, and hats
Closed-toe shoes and sneakers (no sandals, please)
Boots for cold weather and snow
If you’re in the neighborhood, bags of donations will be accepted at the school guard’s desk. Make sure they are marked for P.S. 75, as there is more than one school in the building. In addition, anything you order online can be shipped directly to the school:
735 West End Ave
NY, NY 10025
The school guidance counselor and PTA president are hoping to create a free “pop-up store” where families can choose and stock up on the things they need.