With back-to-school season in full swing, Senator Bob Duff and Head Start are asking the community to help kindgarteners be fully prepared for the first day of school in Norwalk.
Senator Bob Duff said "We don't want the kids to start off in a streesful way, where they feel that they don't have some of the things that the other kids have. So, a simple request - a regular size backpack, a box of crayons, pencils, glue sticks - and that's pretty much it."
Senator Duff and Head Start are asking for supplies for about 196 kindergarteners leaving the Head Start Program to help them enter Norwalk Public Schools on an equal playing field.
Chiquita Stephenson, Acting President and CEO of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) said "Something as simple as not have having a book bag or not have crayons and glue sticks when you get to the classroom but you see other children that have it, it can be tramatic. Our stand point is how do we get community members to embrace this and collectively work together."
Brenda Myrie, Family Coordinator of NEON said "We serve a lot of low income families here at NEON and we felt this would be a burden lifted off of them, knowing that OK, these children do have their backpacks. That's one less thing for them to worry about."
Supplies and donations (regular-size backpacks (large enough to fit a library book and a lunchbox), boxes of 24 crayons, boxes of pencils, glue sticks and other school supplies) can be dropped off at three locations in Norwalk until August 28th.
• Nathaniel Ely School, 11 Ingalls Avenue, Norwalk, CT
• Ben Franklin Center, 165 Flax Hill Rd, Norwalk, CT
• NEON HQ, 98 South Main Street, Norwalk, CT