Supply drive seeks to equip local students

Area organizers team up to provide kids back-to-school supplies

NASHUA – School still may be out for summer, but there’s already excitement building in the city for the start of 2018-2019 school year.

Area organizers want to ensure our best and brightest – the community’s children – will have what they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. That means ensuring students in all grades from kindergarten through high school begin the year with the necessary supplies.

The city of Nashua, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and The Telegraph join many generous business partners and volunteers to celebrate the 13th annual Nashua Goes Back to School event at Nashua Public Library. The free event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library and its outdoor plaza. Organizers say the best part is all parents and students in Nashua are invited to attend.

Nashua Goes Back to School will feature a meet-and-greet with Nashua School District principals who will distribute donated school supplies. In addition, the Lions Club will conduct eye-screenings, NH Health Kids representatives will have informational applications, and the school district’s Food Services Department will have representatives on hand to answer questions about the breakfast and lunch programs, according to a press release from the Chamber. There will be other informational booths and services on tap that day as well, including a student-themed activity supplement provided by The Telegraph.

“It’s the happening place to be,” said George Katis, of Nashua Wallpaper Co. and ACE Hardware, an inaugural supporter and organizer of the back-to-school event since its debut more than a decade ago. “We really appreciate our sponsors and the difference they make for these kids.”

The event committee has met weekly leading up to the big day, led by Nashua Alderwoman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja of Ward 8. Melizzi-Golja said she often is asked by Chamber members of those in the community how they may help contribute to this worth-while initiative.

“Any donation of supplies always is appreciated,” she said. “Items for a wish list would be backpacks, thumb drives, dry erase markers. If a business has something they purchase in bulk for a trade show, for example pens or pencils or the thumb drives, we would welcome those.”

Sponsors contribute the bulk of the funds needed to purchase supplies, but these extra donations never go to waste and always find a home, she said. Those wanting to donate may drop off new items to The Telegraph at 110 Main St. Suite 1 in downtown Nashua from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, The Telegraph will publish a series of educational-themed stories leading up to the event to help prepare students for the classroom.

“We are very excited to help sponsor the event this year,” said Heather Goodwin Henline, The Telegraph’s publisher and general manager. “We are committed to our community, to literacy initiatives and to making sure we are reaching out and impacting our youngest residents.

“I see the passion the Nashua Goes Back to School volunteers have for our students and for setting them up to succeed. It’s amazing the love and support these children receive from their principals, from the organizers and from those working hard to make this event a success.”

For more information about Nashua Goes Back to School, contact the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce at (603) 881-8333, or look for upcoming articles in The Telegraph.