NEW YORK, NY – (October 19, 2020) – Continuing their commitment to the needs of local teachers and families, NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU have joined with Raymour & Flanigan to kick off their fourth annual Supporting our Schools community appeal, running through November 22. Hosted virtually through a new partnership with DonorsChoose, the campaign will spotlight worthy in-school and remote classroom learning projects across the region. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made by visiting NBCNewYork.com/Schools or Telemundo47.com/Escuelas.
“Remote learning has only added to the financial stress faced by many parents and teachers. Our digital Supporting our Schools campaign is an easy way to connect students with the computers, software, lab equipment or anything else they might need to succeed - no matter where they live or how they learn,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
“With more and more classrooms moving into the virtual sphere, there is still a need for the most basic learning materials such as notebooks, folders and even pens and pencils. Thanks to a new partnership with DonorsChoose and the continued support of Raymour & Flanigan, our Apoyando a Nuestras Escuelas campaign can get these important items to teachers and students, all with the click of a mouse. It’s a small way we can all make a big difference in our community,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
Raymour & Flanigan has served as the lead sponsor of the Tri-State campaign since 2017 and has traditionally hosted school supply collections at more than 60 store locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. With the impact of COVID-19 forcing many schools to conduct classroom activities remotely, Raymour & Flanigan will move their support of the campaign into the virtual space. This includes financial support for several individual classroom technology projects throughout the region, all of which will be clearly identified on the DonorsChoose platform.
“Supporting our Schools has never been more important than it is this year, and Raymour & Flanigan’s commitment to our community has never been stronger. Many of our team members are parents and teachers themselves, so supporting this program has always felt like a natural extension of our company values and culture. We cannot wait to join with them in giving back and making a difference in this year’s campaign,” said Adam Goldberg, Vice President of Marketing for Raymour & Flanigan.
NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s Supporting Our Schools supply donations drive is one of many key, signature community initiatives supporting viewers across the Tri-State area. This includes the popular Weather Kids weather safety education program, which has also moved into the virtual sphere and has provided personalized weather safety instruction for more than 3,000 students at 49 elementary schools across the Tri-State area. It also includes the annual Project Innovation grant challenge, rewarding local non-profits using innovative approaches to solve everyday challenges, as well as Clear The Shelters™, the station’s popular pet adoption drive which connected more than 18,000 homeless pets with forever homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Supporting Our Schools is a month-long classroom needs awareness campaign spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47. Since 2017, NBC and Telemundo owned stations in the U.S., and Puerto Rico have raised more than $4.5 million in cash and collected nearly one million school supplies for teachers and students in need. To learn about “Supporting Our Schools” efforts, visit SupportingOurSchools.com or ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.com and follow the efforts on social media by following @NBCNewYork, @Telemundo47 and hashtags #SupportingOurSchools / #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.
About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for 75 years.
The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.
In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms. For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit NBCNewYork.com.
About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments, and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament.
Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.
Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered over $1.5 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format.
As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at Telemundo47.com, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.
About Raymour & Flanigan
Raymour & Flanigan is the largest furniture retailer in the Northeast and seventh largest nationwide and is committed to prioritizing a phenomenal, industry leading customer experience from start to finish to help make spaces feel like home. Meeting customers where they want to be met for all their furniture and home décor needs, Raymour & Flanigan offers both in-store and online options stocked with a variety of stylish products. Established in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1947, the retailer has 103 showrooms across the Northeast, an additional 35 outlet stores, 5 clearance centers and a rapidly growing e-commerce business. Raymour & Flanigan is known not only for their modern, quality furnishings and fast delivery available in two days or less, seven days a week, but also, for embracing its social responsibility through community giving and extensive in-house recycling. The company hosts over 500 charitable events and recycles more than 20 million pounds of materials per year. For more information, visit www.raymourflanigan.com.
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