Backpacks for Fellow students (BFFS) was conceived with the purpose of providing elementary school children whose families have been affected by today's difficult economy the basic school supplies they need to start off the school year. When Ariana DeMattei, a seventh-grader at Westhampton Beach Middle School created Backpacks for Fellow Students (BFFS) in 2012, she had the ambitious goal of filling 150 backpacks.
The mission is to invest in our children by creating a level playing field and maximize the opportunity for educational success. The ultimate goal is to impact the lives of children and their families with the development of lifelong learners and ultimately contributing members of our community.
With Ariana's commitment, determination and drive, BFFS continues to grow as do the number of backpacks that are filled each year by the generousity of donors and participates in this mission.