PISCATAWAY, NJ - Piscataway Girl Scout Troop 83279 and the United Way are holding a backpack and school supply drive to help children in Middlesex County start off the academic year with necessary items.

“The pressure our local families face as they prepare their children for the upcoming year is tremendous – buying new clothes, shoes, before/after care, extra-curricular activities; the list goes on and on,” states Eric Kane, Vice Chair of the Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society in a blog post.

“Often forgotten are basic school supplies – the very things our kids need most to succeed in the classroom,” he added.

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The troop is collecting new backpacks and school supplies now through Sat., Aug. 12th.

Residents can drop off items each Thursday at the Piscataway Summer Concert Series in Columbus Park.

Items requested include:

  • backpacks
  • composition notebooks
  • book covers
  • folders
  • pencil cases
  • 24-pack crayons
  • spiral notebooks
  • number two pencils
  • pens
  • 12-pack colored pencils
  • 12-pack markers
  • scissors
  • pencil sharpeners
  • rulers
  • glue sticks
  • hand sanitizer
  • tissues

For further information and for other drop off locations, contact Nedi at (732) 742-7578 or Tara at (917) 863-6984.


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