Pace University’s Black Student Union Host School Supply Drive


Last week, on Monday, September 18, 2023, Pace University’s Black Student Union hosted a School Supply Drive. Students got together to donate supplies they did not need anymore for students who were in need of back-to-school materials. The event was held in Kessel’s Multipurpose Room from 4–7 p.m. I got a chance to speak with some of our e-board members to hear their thoughts and feelings on the event:

When asked how she feels about the drive, junior Danielle Shoulders expressed, “The school supply drive is a great way to get college students and their community active. I’m proud BSU is a place that promotes togetherness in all forms.” (Danielle Shoulders, BSU Senate) Sophomore Jaiden McCrorey says, “It’s incredibly inspiring to see how our community has joined together to support fellow students in the county. Many more students now have the resources they need to excel in school as a result of this drive!”

As the school year kicks off, sophomore Mekhi Solomon states, “I felt the school supply drive was great for us to come together and give back to our community. As someone who is a student himself, I know how important it is to have the necessary supplies to get through your school day and I am happy to say that we provided those materials for someone.” (Mekhi Solomon, Brand Ambassador)

Photo credits: Mekhi Soloman, Pace University

On behalf of the student-led club, I can say it’s always a wonderful feeling to give back to your community and those in need.

“If I don’t need the supplies, I’d rather someone else have them than me,” says Melissa Louis (BSU President).

The School Supply Drive was a successful event since we were able to gather a plethora of pens, pencils, markers, and notebooks. All of the items are set to be delivered to a school nearby. Furthermore, BSU has special plans for their Pace community as we dive more into the pumpkin spice season.

We will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Monday, October 23rd, in the Kessel Multipurpose Room from 6-8 pm. Lastly, our annual BSU Block Party will be happening on Saturday, November 4th, from 6–9 p.m. in Gottesman. This year the party is pajama-themed, so roll out of bed and come down to the party! You won’t want to hit snooze on this one. (Open to Pace students only; no outside guests are allowed.) See you next time, Westchester 🙂

Written by: Melissa Louis, senior Communications major at Pace University

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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