‘New Beginnings’ bookbag drive gears up in Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau, along with some borough sponsors, has launched the second “New Beginnings” school book bag drive for families in need. The borough is collecting book bags filled with water bottles, small boxes of crayons, No. 2 pencils, marble composition books, washable markers and pencil cases.

The goal of the “New Beginnings” school book bag drive is to obtain 400 book bags for families in need.

Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau told LocalSource that the drive fills a real financial need in the borough. “The inspiration comes from several things,” said Dansereau in an email. “There are children in our community whose families are fiscally challenged and the added cost for school supplies and backpacks can place a strain on their budget. Second, the idea of supporting a child’s education if possible from the beginning of a school year shows them how much their education means to all of us in our community. Others in our community do the same thing, I am sure, for the same reasons, but they can’t supply all the families who may have needs.”

Financial contributions are also being accepted.
Book bags may be dropped off at the Roselle Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or on the weekends at the police department.
Financial contributions should be made payable to the Borough of Roselle with the title, “New Beginnings Back Pack Drive,” and mailed to the attention of Mayor Dansereau at Borough Hall.