PLAINFIELD, NJ – A total of 250 book bags filled with school supplies were distributed to children and families throughout the City of Plainfield on Sunday, August 4.  Those who attended enjoyed a fun-filled day with hot dogs, burgers, and bounce houses.

Plainfield Education Association, in partnership with Somerset Hills Lutheran Church, the City of Plainfield, and Stone Square Lodge #38, celebrated the return of school with a 'Stuff the Bus' event held at Stone Square Lodge #38. Families lined up to pick out a book bag of their choice.

“The book bags were donations from a variety of different organizations,” said PEA President Charisse Parker.

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Vendors included NJ Parties 2Go, Grill69 Chill Catering, and others that participated in providing food, beverages, and excitement for the youth.

Community stakeholders were also in attendance at the festivities, including Plainfield Public Schools Board Members Richard Wyatt, Cameron Cox, and Carmencita Pile, as well as Union County Freeholder Rebecca Williams and Plainfield City Councilwoman Ashley Davis.

Clement Curry of Stone Square #38 was truly pleased with the event.  "The brothers of Stone Square Lodge #38 F&AM and Rebecca Chapter #1 and the Most Worshipful Jeffrey Cordell Spann Grandmaster would like to thank the Plainfield Education Association for a partnership at our Annual Friends and Community Cookout. The bond that we have created with the PEA and Ms. Charisse Parker, and the giving away of 250 book bags and the feeding of over 400 people from the community is immeasurable.”

This event was made possible by a New Jersey Education Association PRIDE/FAST Grant. According to NJEA’s Mission statement of the PRIDE/FAST Grant, the main goal is to involve parents and families in their children’s education through a variety of programs and event.