NEWINGTON - Continuing its tradition of providing conventional materials for needy schoolchildren, the Newington Rotary Club once again participated in the Newington Human Services Department’s annual drive for back-to-school supplies.
Rotary Club President Michael Turgeon, along with Rotarians Jeff Haines, Dave Tedeschi, Ed Silverstein and Ed’s wife Claire Silverstein, visited the town agency recently and filled two large carts with school supplies valued at nearly $1,500.
The supplies consisted of 60 backpacks, 60 flash drives, 60 three-ring binders and dozens of pens for distribution to local families in financial need.
According to Human Services Financial Casework Coordinator Pam Wassik, about 120 students ranging in ages from 4 to 21 will benefit not only from Rotary’s donation but from other generous donations collected during the agency’s summer drive which ended last week.
Although supplies will be distributed prior to the start of the school year, Wassik indicated that the need continues well into the autumn months.
“It’s not unusual for teachers to notify us of the need for school supplies well past the beginning of school once they’ve learned of a student’s hardship,” she told Tedeschi, indicating that backpacks are generally at the top of the list of needs.
To help human services or donate to the back-to-school drive, call 860-665-8590.