BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes and the Bridgewater Senior Citizens Center are partnering to support the annual "Project First Class" school supplies collection.

The program is the initiative of the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, and children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County will benefit from the donations.

According to a release, all new school supplies are welcome, in particular backpacks, notebooks, three-ring binders, paper, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors and index cards.

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Donations can be dropped off at the Somerset County Freeholders' Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville. Donations are welcome now through Aug. 11 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

Donations are also being received at the Bridgewater Senior Citizens Center, on Somerville Road, through Aug. 11. The center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for supply donations, and a collection box will be available in the front lobby of the facility.

Donations can also be dropped off at the Bridgewater Department of Human Services, on the second floor of the municipal complex, on Commons Way. Department staff will be available to receive donations Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Chris Poulsen, Bridgewater Township director of human services, by telephone at 908-725-5750 or email at