West Orange Organizations Provide Backpacks to Kelly Elementary School

Dr. Pollara and Rotary members Karen Ziegler, Fatima Maia, and Cynthia Hadley-Bailey. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
The group distributes backpacks to second grade students. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Happy second grade students. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Rotarians Chris Alevras and Karen Ziegler, WOAHO President Robert Simmons, Rotarian Cynthia Hadley-Bailey, WO BOE President Sandra Mordecai, Rotarian Fatima Maia and Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Second-grade students at Kelly Elementary School had a surprise visit on Sept. 7 from the West Orange Rotary and West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO), who brought 140 backpacks for distribution.

Rotarian Cynthia Hadley-Bailey, whose children attended Kelly (formerly Pleasantdale) Elementary School, brought 100 backpacks and WOAHO President Robert Simmons brought 40. The entire second grade received a backpacks and third and fourth grade students will receive the remainder.

“Our visitors today help our community all the time,” said Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara, who also who described an ongoing kindness program at Kelly. “They are bucket fillers.”

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Hadley-Bailey addressed the students as a team of fifth-grade helpers and Rotarians came in loaded with backpacks in several colors.

“We hope these backpacks will help you learn and get organized and do well in school,” she said.

The students thanked the volunteers as they selected their backpacks and smiles were shared all around. West Orange Board of Education President Sandra Mordecai, who helped bring backpacks into the school, chatted with students as the group moved from class to class.

For more information on the West Orange Rotary go here.

For more information on the West Orange Heritage Organization go here.

To see all the photos from the backpack distribution, go here.

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