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Nashua Soup Kitchen and Fidelity help students prepare for new year

NASHUA – The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter will help close to 1,000 Nashua children get ready to head back to the classroom this fall by handing out backpacks stuffed with school supplies this week.

The 925 backpacks will be handed out at Ledge Street Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, or until supplies run out. ...

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NASHUA – The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter will help close to 1,000 Nashua children get ready to head back to the classroom this fall by handing out backpacks stuffed with school supplies this week.

The 925 backpacks will be handed out at Ledge Street Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, or until supplies run out.

The soup kitchen and Fidelity Investments volunteers gathered and packed donated backpacks for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The bags contain supplies everything from
calculators and flash-drives to crayons and glue sticks depending on the target student age group.

Cindy Rizzo, regional communication director of Fidelity Investments in Merrimack said the company volunteer effort goes along with their tradition of community outreach for School Transformation Days. Fidelity volunteers recently “transformed” Elm Street Middle and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools in Nashua with murals, landscaping and construction projects.

“We know that having the right school supplies to start the year is another factor in student success and this allows employees who weren’t able to volunteer (for ‘Transformation Days’) to support local students,” she said.

Because the backpacks are meant for Greater Nashua residents, families planning on coming out Tuesday should bring proof they live in the region, such as utility bills, lease or driver’s license.

Greater Nashua communities include Nashua, Merrimack, Hudson, Hollis, Mont Vernon, Windham, Milford, Amherst and Wilton.

Residents with more than five children are asked to bring documentation for each child such as immunization record, social security card or report card from this past June. Questions go to Juana at 889-7770.

Soup kitchen personnel are also asking participants to avoid parking in the school’s parking lot, or in the lot of the administration building next door.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).