SHELTON >> A local barbershop wants to make sure Valley students in need head back to class this fall equipped with essentials to start the school year off right.
J Cuts, located at 505 Howe Ave., has launched its 11th annual Book Bag & School Supply Drive, which runs through Aug.22.
Owner Jennifer Sneider is again reaching out to the public to donate backpacks, book covers, rulers, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, calculators, crayons, pencil sharpeners, paper and folders to send kids back to school with items they need. Items needed are for students entering pre-school through high school, and must be new.
Donations can be dropped off at J Cuts.
As a result of the community’s generosity last year, Sneider said, more than 130 backpacks and loads of school supplies were collected.
“The outpouring of kindness within the community always warms my heart,” Sneider said. “So many people stop by to drop off donations. Many of my customers do not hesitate to hand me $5 or $10 so I can pick up what we are falling short on. It is amazing how it all balances out for children in need.”
Pitching in for a third year, dental health care specialist Jackie Romaniuk, with the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership dental plan for HUSKY Health, will provide students with oral hygiene kits, which contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and oral health education materials.
“The beginning of the school year traditionally correlates with starting new routines and habits,” said Romaniuk. “This seems like the perfect opportunity to spread the oral health message of the importance of daily oral hygiene and scheduling a dental exam.”
More than 200 oral health kits were distributed last year to Valley students as well as the Milford office of the state Department of Children and Families .
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