- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Students on the Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School Student Council are making use of their free time this summer by organizing an effort to collect new or gently used backpacks which they will fill with school supplies and distribute to Newark and Jersey City public school students.
Tricia Speidel Newcomb, a West Essex NOW reader from Cedar Grove, is helping to spearhead the effort. She is reaching out to the West Essex area to let residents know that before they set aside or discard a gently used backpack, they instead could donate it to the school's collection.
"This was my daughter Camryn's initiative," Newcomb explained.
"We have always donated our backpacks to an organization every year
but we never know if they are actually getting used.
Camryn thought that it would be easy enough to collect them ourselves
and then hand-deliver them to a school that could use them."
"A mom from the middle school works in a Newark public school and she made us all aware of the need for the backpacks," Newcomb explained.
"At this time we can't even fill her own class's need
and then we also heard from a teacher in Jersey City and one in Montclair.
We realized that we needed to reach out to the community for more assistance."
Items can be dropped of at the Cedar Grove Library's indoor collection bin or directly to Newcomb's home:
- Newcomb Home
20 Devonshire Road, Cedar Grove
"For most of us," Newcomb expressed, "a new backpack is part of back to school shopping, regardless of the condition of last year's.
Why not recycle the old one and help lighten a child's load?"
Tricia Speidel Newcomb