Brookdale’s Volunteer Connection and Helping Hands are sponsoring the Stellar Start to September School Supplies Drive that will benefit Brookdale students and children in Monmouth County who are in need. The drive is underway, with collections accepted through August 2.
Eleanor Glazewski, associate registrar, is coordinating the drive for the Volunteer Connection this year. This is the second year Brookdale has teamed up with Lunch Break and collected donations of school supplies for children in Monmouth county. Beverlee Gross, enrollment specialist in the admissions and registration office, filled her car with donations last year and drove them to Lunch Break. The organization creates the list of needed supplies based on what the various schools in the area are asking students to bring with them the first day of school.
“There is not one specific school that the supplies are going to. Anyone in Monmouth County who is in need can be a client of Lunch Break,” Glazewski said. “We did really well last year, and we are hoping to do even better this year.”
This year, in addition to helping children in Monmouth County, Brookdale students will also benefit. “Some of our students don’t qualify for financial aid, and others don’t have enough resources to afford basic school supplies,” said Glazewski. Supplies collected from the drive will be distributed to Brookdale students in need as well as to Lunch Break for distribution throughout the county.
The Stellar Start to September drive is looking for basic school supplies such as notebooks, ball point pens, folders, rulers, blue, pencils, index cards, travel sized hand sanitizer, notebook paper, crayons, etc.
“Anything that anyone is willing and able to contribute to help children in the county and our very own students is greatly appreciated,” Glazewski said. “Who knows, you might walk by one of our students in the hallway and you are the reason they do well in class because they were able to start the semester with everything they needed.”
Donations are being collected until August 2. Drop-off locations are at Synde Kaufman’s office located on the second floor of Larrison Hall, room LAH 232 and Glazewski’s office located on the first floor of the CAR building, room CAR 103. Donations can also be dropped off at the Long Branch Higher Education Center.
Beverlee Gross and Eleanor Glazewski with the donations collected during last year’s school supplies drive.