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Danielsen School Supply Drive Yields 800 Backpacks for Local Students

Assemblyman Joe Danielsen applauded community groups and local residents who contributed hundreds of items to the legislative district’s annual school supply drive to help prepare students for this academic year.

“Education is the great equalizer in a global economy, and programs like this enrich our community and provide some of the tools necessary for our children’s success,” said Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset). “It is vital for our community to aid children in need during these difficult economic times.”

The drive, which ended on Tuesday, garnered more than 800 new backpacks filled with essential school supplies – including pens, pencil cases, rulers, glue sticks and notebooks – donated from businesses, churches and individuals in Danielsen’s legislative district. The items were distributed to students in area schools.

Donors included: Enterprise Holdings, Franklin PBA Local 154, New Jersey Utilities Association, Aims Education, The Sterling Pointe Woman’s Club, Unity Square in New Brunswick, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Oak Crest Day Camp, URA-AFT Local #1766, Somerset Presbyterian Church, Piscataway Elks, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 6 Mile Run Reform Church, United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, Chinese Christian Church, Clarkin & Vignuolo, P.C., New Yoga City in Milltown and more than 40 local friends and families.

“By participating in the backpack drive each year, you can actively help us work toward reaching our goal,” Danielsen said.

Collection bins were placed in Franklin Township, Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and Piscataway libraries located in the 17th Legislative District.