ELIZABETH, NJ—August 29, 2013— On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman Nelson Gonzalez, Councilman Carlos Torres, Councilman Frank Mazza and Councilman William Gallman Jr. in distributing four thousand book bags filled with school supplies at the Annual Citywide Back-to-School Giveaway.
“Each year we give students, who join us at this event, the opportunity to start the school year off full of confidence,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “New backpacks and school supplies provide our community’s youth with essential resources to succeed and achieve academic success.”
This highly anticipated event was held at seven locations across the City of Elizabeth from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., including: Miller-Evans-Logan Center; Fred Erxleben Recreation Center; Elmora Racquet Club; Mickey Walker Recreation Center; Peterstown Community Center; the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center and Jefferson Park Day Care Center. Due to heavy rain, the event at Oakwood Plaza was rescheduled for Thursday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
"The City of Elizabeth is pleased to give free book bags to children in our community," said Councilwoman-at-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste. "With back-to-school shopping costs continuously increasing, we are excited to help and make getting ready for the new school year easier for families."
In addition to the free book bags and school supplies, kids were also treated to music and refreshments at each location, as well as face painters. Parents and guardians received free empowerment information at several information tables that were set up at each site.
“We wanted to help the families of Elizabeth by making the beginning of this school term less stressful for both the parents and the student,” said Carlos Torres, Councilman of the First Ward. “These materials will enable young people to look and feel good as well as actively engage in learning from the first day of school.”
The event was made possible by: the City of Elizabeth; the 20th Legislative District; MetLife Solutions Group; WBLS, 7-Eleven; Wawa; Starbucks Coffee; American Water; Drake College of Business; Garden State Community Bank; Elizabeth Housing Authority; Community Investment Strategies, Inc.; Waste Management; HealthFirst; PSE&G; IKEA; Elizabeth Packers; Proceed, Inc.; Brand New Day, Inc.; Pat Perkins-Auguste Civic Association; Urban League of Union County; Retail Skills Center; Union County College and Trinitas Regional Medical Center.