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Many assist in back-to-school supply effort

Published 1:42 pm, Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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As the summer comes to an end and the new school year begins, students throughout Fairfield County are buying back-to-school supplies.

While this is considered a yearly rite of passage for many, items such as pencils, notebooks and backpacks can pose a financial burden for some families. This year, FactSet Research Systems, the McElveen family, Rachel Schiavone, the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton, the Service League of Boys of New Canaan, St. Patrick's Church of Redding Tauck World of Giving and the United Church of Rowayton are all donating school supplies for FCA clients.

"Family & Children's Agency is so grateful to our supporters who donate back to school supplies for clients each fall," Robert F. Cashel, president and CEO of FCA, said. "School supplies are essential for academic success, and these donations will mean so much to the students and families receiving them."

This is Schiavone's first year donating school supplies in honor of their friend Victoria Soto, a teacher who was killed in the Sandy Hook school tragedy. Both the Service League of Boys of New Canaan and the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton are in their seventh year of donating back to school supplies. The "Tools for School" drive, conducted by the Wilton families, collects backpacks filled with supplies, which are given to sixth grade students in the After School Program. The tradition began when one student in the family began to collect school supplies in lieu of birthday presents seven years ago. In its third year, FactSet Research Systems had a "giving tree" with more than 100 request tags for employees to take.

For information, visit www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.