Huntington Learning Center Joins the Coalition for the Homeless to Collect 5,000 Filled Backpacks for NYC Students in Need

Annual Drive Aims to Better Prepare Students and Alleviate Constraints for Homeless Families

Oradell, NJ, August 8, 2018 – For the third year in a row, Huntington Learning Center has partnered with the Coalition for the Homeless for its annual drive, Project: Back to School, to provide homeless children with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. Together, the organizations and additional partners, hope to collect and distribute more than 5,000 new backpacks filled with supplies for students in kindergarten to 12th grade prior to the start of the new school year.

Through August 22, select Huntington Learning Center locations will serve as collection centers. Interested participants are encouraged to bring backpacks and school supplies to any of the following drop-off locations:

Wish List

  • #2 Pencils
  • Pocket Folders
  • Ruler
  • Markers, Crayons
  • Glue Sticks, and More!

Participating Locations

  • Bronx - 1807 Williamsbridge Road
  • Brooklyn (Park Slope) - 808 Union Street
  • Brooklyn (Bay Ridge) - 514 86th Street
  • Queens (Flushing) - 35-30 Francis Lewis Blvd #205
  • Staten Island - 2791 Richmond Ave, Suite 200

According to the Coalition for the Homeless, over 115,000 NYC students experienced homelessness in 2017. At this rate, 1 in 7 elementary students will face homelessness before their elementary school graduation. With many resources scarce or nonexistent for homeless families, students often show up to school empty handed. Project: Back to School was established to change that.

“We believe every student has the right to the best education possible,” said Anne Huntington, Vice President of Huntington Learning Center. “We are proud to join the Coalition for the Homeless again and come together with our community to make sure NYC students have the tools they need to thrive in the classroom.”

“For so many kids whose families simply can’t afford to buy school supplies, the start of the school year can bring feelings of stress and shame,” said Dave Giffen, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless. “We are so happy that Huntington Learning Center has been so committed to helping us ensure that every homeless child can walk into school on that first day feeling proud, prepared, and ready for whatever lays ahead.”

To learn more about Project: Back to School, visit: 

About the Coalition for the Homeless

Established in 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. The Coalition helps more than 3,500 homeless New Yorkers each day living in extreme poverty, offering a variety of programs that address immediate needs and help men, women and families overcome long-term barriers to employment and stability.  For more information about the Coalition for the Homeless, visit

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington is the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider. Its certified teachers provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. Huntington preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at For franchise opportunities please visit  

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