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Students in Yonkers receive new supplies in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

$5K of Westchester’s budget was set aside for articles donated to school named after Civil Rights leader

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YONKERS — Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy showed off their new backpacks filled with new supplies that the entire student body received on Friday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Westchester Leg. Virginia Perez set aside a portion of the county budget to donate $5,000 worth of supplies.

“Schools that are really struggling in Yonkers. We did it last year at the Reconfirming School, which was my alma mater, and now were doing it here ‘cause this is another really struggling school,” Leg Perez said.

According to the principal, 90 percent of the students are on reduced lunch programs. But 100 percent were happy with their new supplies.

“We know for example, Dr. King was somebody who worked hard, who fought for equal rights and equal opportunities. How can we honestly expect our children to be successful academically if we don't give them the tools they need to succeed? So, this is my little gift for them,” Leg. Perez said.

Even though the students are the ones with new notebooks in hand, the teachers will benefit as well.

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