SOMERVILLE – The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is conducting its annual “Project First Class” school-supplies collection. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network and other nonprofits in Somerset County will benefit from the donations.

NEW school supplies – such as notebooks, three-ring binders (1½ to 3 inches), pencil cases that fit inside binders, paper, glue sticks, safety scissors, index cards, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons – will be accepted. Most-needed items are new or gently-used backpacks.

Donations may be dropped off at the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, through Friday, Aug. 11. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for July 4. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

Sign Up for E-News

Donations also may be dropped off Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., through Aug. 9, at the Somerset County Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of the administration building.

“Many families are struggling to make ends meet, and for them, school supplies are unaffordable,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison. “We hope that individuals, organizations, and businesses once again will support Project First Class and help these children get a good start in school this fall.”

For more information, email commission member Smriti Agrawal at agrawalsmriti11@gmail.com 

The SCCSW serves as an advisory board to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to address present and potential needs of women and to develop a greater public awareness of women’s issues.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.