Glastonbury Social Services, Staples Seeking Donations Of School Supplies

GLASTONBURY — Residents have two opportunites to help students in need of school supplies.

Glastonbury Human Services and the local Staples store are seeking donations to help local and Hartford school children with backpacks and school supplies they need for the start of school. Both are accepting donations of new, unused backpacks - especially large-sized for high school students – along with miscellaneous new school supplies or monetary donations.

Human services will be collecting items through Monday. The agency is looking for backpacks, pencils, pens, rulers, unscented markers, pencil boxes or pouches, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, folders, three-ring binders, calculators and USB flash drives.

The agency is located at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St. The agency is open Friday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday until 8:30 p.m. Call 860-652-7636 for more information or if you have students in need of supplies.

The Staples store at 49 Putnam Boulevard will be collecting supplies for Hartford students at its store on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is looking for backpacks, pens, pencils, erasers, big wide ruled notebooks, college ruled notebooks and pencil/ruler/sharpener kits. Monetary donations will be collected as well.

According to Staples representatives, approximately 21,000 students were enrolled in Hartford Public Schools in 2013-14 – with 85 percent from low-income families.

Peter Marteka