Amazon donates cases of school supplies to GASD students/families

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Greater Amsterdam Schools’ newest neighbor, Amazon, has started off the school year with a bang by generously donating stacks of school supplies – enough for every student in the school district.

Cases upon cases of school supplies arrived at the Amsterdam High School gym and were sorted and bagged by Amazon and school volunteers on Monday. The supplies were then delivered by Amazon fleet trucks to the six schools where they will be distributed at a time to be determined.

“We have had donations before but this goes well beyond what anyone would expect,” said Nancy Rad, GASD Community Schools Coordinator.

Rad said she received a call from Amazon, which opened a local delivery station on Rt. 5S in the Town of Florida “asking what we needed. I told them our supply lists we posted on our school website. Then they proceeded to send us everything. It really set me back when I saw the pallets arriving.”

Rad’s Amsterdam contact was Danny Jackson, who happens to be an Amsterdam High School graduate, himself, back in the 1990’s.

Unloaded off the Amazon truck were paper, pens, pencils, yellow highlighters, pocket folders, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, index dividers, scissors, rulers and protractors, glue sticks, crayons and erasers. Total number of cases … 1,752!

“This is going to help a lot of families and we thank Amazon for working to meet our community’s needs,” said Superintendent Richard Ruberti. “We can’t commend them enough for their generosity and for being a great neighbor.”

The donation came through the Amazon Cares initiative – grassroots, company-led group projects that provide Amazon associates with an opportunity to volunteer in their “own back yard.”