NEW HAVEN >> For the eighth year, the Connecticut State Police is organizing a back to school supply drive, encouraging state residents to donate backpacks, notebooks, pencils, binders, and other supplies that students would need for the new school year.
The supplies are distributed by various social service organizations to families that “don’t necessarily have the resources to go out and purchase everything that’s on a school supply list given to them by the school,” Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said, a CSP spokesperson.
The CSP usually receives plenty of backpacks for elementary school kids but not many “size appropriate” backpacks for 9th to 12th graders. While backpacks of all sizes and school supplies are needed for students of all ages, Grant said teenagers are the ones often forgotten.
“That’s why we ask that people keep our high school students in mind because we get lots and lots and lots of crayons, but not necessarily pens and pencils for the older students who will need them when they go to school,” Grant said.
While people often buy clothes and shoes during tax-free week, Grant encouraged people to pick up school supplies during their routine shopping excursions.
“You know some of these bigger stores often have incredible sales, back to school sales, when it comes to school supplies, and you can get them for incredibly low prices,” Grant said.
School supplies like glue sticks, colored pencils, calculators and rulers will be accepted. Items like cellphones and electronic readers will not. People can also…
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