SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is asking residents to donate to its annual Project First Class school-supplies collection. Donations will benefit children of families who are served by the Food Bank Network and other nonprofit organizations in Somerset County.

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

“Many families who are struggling to make ends meet can’t afford to buy school supplies,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh, commission liaison. “We hope that individuals, organizations and businesses will support Project First Class, so that these children can get a good start at the beginning of the school year.”

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Donations can be dropped off at the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building located at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Friday, Aug. 9. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parkig is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck on East High Street.

Donations also may be dropped off on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., through Aug. 7, at the Somerset County Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of the county administration building.

For more information, contact commission member Brittany Wheeler at or 908-216-2693.

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women serves as an advisory board to the Board of Chosen Freeholders and addresses the present and potential needs of women to develop a greater public awareness about women’s issues.