Drive helps students in need prepare for the first day of school

Forty-six companies from Valley United Way's Corporate Volunteer Council joined together for its Back to School Clothes for Kids project. Derby school children in need from Irving and Bradley schools were presented with bins filled with two complete outfits, underwear, socks, sneakers, a winter coat and a backpack filled with school supplies. To date the CVC has outfitted 2,402 Valley children and spent $480,400.

Interim Superintendent George Tanner along with Jennifer Olson, Irving School Principal and Christine DiGrazia, Bradley School Principal will be on hand to say hello to the children and thank the CVC companies for their donations.

The goal of the CVC project is to provide new clothing to children in need at the start of the school year in an effort to improve attendance on the first days of school and boost confidence. National statistics show that many children who are less fortunate miss the first few days of school because they do not have new clothes to wear.

For more information contact Valley United Way's Volunteer Center Director, Patricia Tarasovic, at 203-926-9478 or at