The call has been sent out again this year: Back-to-school supplies are needed to help Valley students in need.

Between now and Aug. 30, book bags and school supplies are being collected around the Valley for the annual Book Bag & School Supply drive.

Jennifer Sneider, owner of J Cuts at 505 Howe Avenue, is again heading this drive. Her business will be the main drop off point for items.

Supplies may include book bags, book covers, rulers, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, glue, crayons, calculators, pencil sharpeners, paper and folders. Supplies are collected for all school-aged children from pre-school to high school. All book bags and supplies must be brand new.

Other collection spots, more about the drive

Last year, more 76 book bags and an abundance of back to school supplies were collected.

Last year, Dave Haddad of the Shelton Lion's Club led his organization in a weekly collection. Book bags and supplies were collected during free summer concerts held Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. on the Huntington Green.

Minuteman Press in Shelton is also donating collection posters.

Other local businesses and organizations are invited and encouraged to join in by holding collections of their own to add to the donations.

Children who received donations last year are serviced by Team Inc., and Irving School, both in Derby, along with the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Area Congregations Together (ACT)/Spooner House, Shelton School Readiness Program and the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Resource Center, all in Shelton.

For more information on either community drive, call Sneider at 203-924-4107.