More than 500 area students now have the backpacks and school supplies they need to be successful in school, thanks to Westhampton Beach High School junior Arianna DeMattei.
Just prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year, DeMattei distributed the backpacks and school supplies to students in need in the Westhampton Beach, Quogue and Center Moriches school districts.
The backpacks and supplies were donated by DeMattei’s five-year-old fundraising project, Backpacks for Fellow Students. The effort began as a bat mitzvah project, but has since expanded. Since its inception, BFFS has provided more than 1,000 backpacks to local students.
Photo Caption: Westhampton Beach High School junior Arianna DeMattei assisted Westhampton Beach Elementary School students with selecting backpacks on Aug. 31.
Photo courtesy of the Westhampton Beach School District