There's a child out there who needs a *new* backpack ... and more

Submitted 3 months ago
Created by
Mark Travis

Cheryl Herrmann has been collecting back-to-school supplies for the Family Place at her real estate office for a few years now, and this year's list of needs is the longest yet. But donations are off. So what do you say, Norwich? Your deadline is Friday. 

Herrmann said the idea of collecting school supplies arose out of conversation. "I was just talking with some folks," she said. "It's a tough time for some families. School supplies add up quickly."

Herrmann suspects -- and perhaps hopes -- that donations at her office are lagging so far this year because others have started their own collection drives.

In the end, what matters less than where you donate is that you consider it. Herrmann said the list of needs she received is four to five times longer than last year.

What's on it, you ask?

  • Back Pack for pre-school to High School
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Lined Paper
  • Graph Paper
  • Computer Paper
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Whiteout
  • binder clips
  • index cards
  • rulers
  • glue sticks
  • For the classrooms: Tissues, sandwich bags, snacks, Clorox wipes

Herrmann's ReMax office at 306 N. Main St. in Norwich is typically open from 8 to 5. There's a spot where you can leave your donation, and a pad where you can write your name. There's also a Dan & Wht's coupon waiting for those who give.


* The title on this post originally said 'old' backpacks -- but that was wrong. The goal, actually, is new backpacks, and the title has been updated. My bad!


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