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Township Officials Launch School Supply Drive For Needy Students

Project is a collaborative effort between mayor's office, Township Council and Berkeley Board of Education


Not every child heading back to school in September can afford to buy the supplies they need for the coming year.

Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. and town and school officials want to make sure no elementary school child in the township goes without.

So they have launched the first annual "Mayor's School Supply Drive," for all students in the township's four elementary schools.

"Having been involved in our community for many years, I know we have families struggling out there," Amato said. "I wanted to do something to help."

Amato asked Berkeley Schools Superintendent James Roselli how many children come to the first day of school without a book bag, backpack or school supplies.

"As I suspected, quite a few," the mayor said.

The school supply drive is a collaborative effort between the mayor's office, the Berkeley Township Board of Education and the Berkeley Township Council.

"It has been great so far, but we have more to collect," Amato said.

The items needed include:

• Pens, pencils and erasers
• Crayons and colored pencils
• Folders
• Book bags
• Notebooks
• Markers
• Binders

Residents can drop off their donation at the Berkeley Township Recreation Center at 630 Route 9 South in Bayville; the mayor's office at Town Hall at 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, or the Holiday City at Berkeley Clubhouse 2 on Port Royal Drive.

"These are difficult economic times and we are committed to providing needed school supplies for our children," Amato said.

For more information, call the mayor's office at 732-244-7400, ext. 203.


Jane Burruss-Wallace August 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Great idea!!!
why August 08, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Remember when school taxes actually covered all these items?? Now its constant that the schools need something. Dam shame.
Roseanne R August 09, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The children enrolled in the Berkeley Rec Summer camp are also collecting school items for needy children. Great kids !
George August 10, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Other than the crayons those supplies were always the responsibility of the family. I will bring some to assist those going through hard times.
BoroPride August 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
My husband was laid off from his job 3 yrs ago, he is back working now but doesnt make nearly as much as he did. We have 4 children, I had a friend tell me it cost her 67.00 just for her sons school list, and that was just what he needed and they went to walmart. I remember going to school with a backpack a few notebooks, pens, pencils and erasers. Its not cheap, we are having a hard time this yr...this is a great program.


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