SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW) has launched its annual “Project First Class” school-supplies collection. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County will benefit from the donations.

 NEW school supplies – such as notebooks, three-ring binders (1 ½ - 3”), pencil cases that fit inside binders, paper, glue sticks, safety scissors, index cards, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons – will be accepted along with new or gently-used backpacks.

 Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Monday, Aug. 1. The office is open 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.

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 Donations may also be dropped off Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., through July 27, 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 Director 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 Jennifer Dinardi at jdinardi29@comcast.net.

 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.