School supply collection drive continues

It’s that time of year again. As the weather starts to get cooler and the first leaves begin to change color, Greenwich students are gearing up for the 2014-2015 school year, and a local group is working to make sure everyone is starting off right in class.

School officially went back into session throughout the district on Tuesday, but the Cardinal Keystone Group’s effort to help make sure students have the basic materials for a successful year through sponsoring a school supply drive is ongoing. The program is focusing on the kids who are members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, which provides after-school activities for kids throughout town including the ability to do their homework and receive academic support.

“Greenwich Cardinal Keystone is a group of high school-aged students who participate in various volunteer activities that help benefit the community,” said Greenwich Keystone president Matheus Chaves. “Keystone in general is a nationwide organization that helps promote youth leadership, academic success, and career exploration for the future. This group of Greenwich-based students enjoy volunteering not just at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich but at community events.”

Mr. Chaves added, “Greenwich Cardinal Keystone is the ultimate teen program here at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

The drive, in its first year, will run through the end of September and will benefit Boys & Girls Club members in need.

“School supplies and backpacks will be given to club members who we recognize may benefit from it the most,” Mr. Chaves said.

So far the group has collected enough supplies for 10 backpacks, but are hoping to up that number in the coming weeks. That’s where the community comes in. By reaching out to help the effort, Greenwich residents can make sure that these students have the supplies that many take for granted.

“The school supplies that we are in most need of are more backpacks and notebooks, but we are very thankful for any kind of donations,” he said.

Keystone members will stuff the backpacks and distribute them. Supplies needed include glue sticks, wide-ruled notebook paper, college-ruled notebook paper, large erasers, pencil sharpeners, single-subject spiral notebooks, rulers, #2 pencils, tissues, colored pencils, safety scissors, crayons, washable markers, book covers, pocket folders, pens, three-ring binders, protractors, calculators and index cards.

“People can contribute by dropping off donations at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich as well as donating money to purchase school supplies,” Mr. Chaves said.

Donations will be accepted at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich at 4 Horseneck Lane between 8 and 4.

For more information about donations or the drive call 203-869-3224.

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