Getting ready for the new school year in Lawrence


There were backpacks, clothes and heath screenings inside the gymnasium of the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence on July 27 at the 10th annual mega One Nation, One Cause Back 2 School event sponsored by the Islamic Council of North America and Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages, a Democrat who represents Inwood.

Founded 41 years ago, Jamaica, New York-based ICNA Relief has evolved from educating its membership about Islam to an organization that responds to emergencies and natural disasters similar to the American Red Cross and other nongovernmental agencies.

—Jeffrey Bessen