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Help Newton Students with 'Backpacks to Share' Program

While you're doing your back-to-school shopping this summer, consider to "buy two, share one."

Helping out local Newton students can be as easy as picking up an extra box of pencils.

As you're out stocking up on back-to-school supplies, consider purchasing a few additional items for the city's program. 

Sponsored by The Village Bank and the city's Department of Health and Human Services, Backpacks to Share distributes new school supplies and backpacks to Newton elementary and middle school students in need of back-to-school items.

Donations can be dropped off at  or any of the Village Bank locations in Newton including , , , , Newtonville and . 

The drive is going on now through August 17. 

Some suggested donation items include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Folders
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Binders
  • Rulers
  • Notebooks
  • Markers

Thanks to the Backpacks to Share program, more than 200 students headed to school last fall with new backpacks filled with school supplies, according to Kenneth C. Brennan, president and CEO of The Village Bank.

Adam Maleson August 16, 2012 at 04:04 AM
The school department should be providing these supplies. But of course, the school department "can't" because the school committee's decisions have bankrupted the city, so things that should be automatically provided by the schools have to be bought by the parents of the students. If you can't afford to buy basic school supplies for your kids, then you can't afford to live in Newton. It's that simple.

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