By the time Christina School District students head back to school next month, their teachers will have some new supplies, thanks to a collection drive organized by The Newark Partnership.
The organization’s nonprofit enhancement committee, co-chaired by Carla Grygiel and Freeman Williams, organized the drive to help support the district.
“Schools play an important role in really showcasing what the community has to offer,” said Williams, a former superintendent for the district. “It’s important that people in the community have the opportunity to support schools and to support the economic development.”
TNP is asking Newarkers to help by donating pencils, tissues, hand sanitizer, glue sticks, washable markers and dry erase markers at various collection spots around the city.
The drive begins Monday and runs through Aug. 22.
The school supply drive is one of the first initiatives undertaken by TNP, which recently replaced the Downtown Newark Partnership. The group chose improving the local education system as one of its priorities.
Williams and Grygiel contacted district administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and principals to get a sense of what kind of supplies they needed.
“They go into their pockets and they supplement and support students in their building all the time,” Williams said. “We thought it’d be a good way to help and support in that effort. We understand the importance of public schools in our community.”
The supplies will be split between Christina’s Newark-area schools.
“I think that we were trying to do something to bring together the entire community,” Grygiel said. “Local businesses can serve as collection sites, and local nonprofits and volunteers can help spread the word and support the effort by donating supplies. We want to have an impact on the local community and schools, and working through local schools is a good way to have a direct impact on residents.”
Williams noted that this is phase one for what the committee hopes to accomplish for education in the area.
“We would be thrilled if this project would serve as a model to other communities to how they might impact local schools,” Grygiel added.
For more information on how to help, contact Grygiel at email@example.com.