Back-to-school drive to help local youth

The annual back-to-school drive to help students in the Valley get back to school is in full swing.

The ninth annual Book Bag and School Supply drive has been launched. Between now and Friday, Aug. 21, backpacks and other school supplies are being collected around the Valley.

This drive is coordinated by Jennifer Sneider, owner of J Cuts, 505 Howe Avenue, Shelton.

Last year, more 100 book bags and an abundance of back to school supplies were collected.

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 preschool to high school. All book bags and supplies must be brand new.

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

Children receiving donations from the community drive are serviced by T.E.A.M., Derby, along with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Shelton School Readiness Program and the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Resource Center, all in Shelton, and BHcare in Ansonia.

For more information, call Sneider at 203-924-4107.