Contact: Kelly Vence
Public Information Office
ELIZABETH, NJ—September 2, 2015— On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Council members and personnel from the City of Elizabeth as they distributed over three thousand (3000) book bags filled with school supplies at the Annual Citywide Back-to-School Giveaway.
“The City of Elizabeth is happy to provide thousands of students with the resources they need to kick off the new school year,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “These valuable supplies will contribute immensely to each child’s academic success and will help motivate them to achieve their dreams.”
This highly anticipated event was held at nine locations through Elizabeth from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. including: 
Miller Evans Logan Recreation Center 
161-163 First Street
Erxleben Recreation Center  
513-515 Richmond Street
Mickey Walker Recreation Center 
860 Anna Street
Elmora Racquet Club 
23 Fernwood Terrace
Peterstown Community Center 
418 Palmer Street 
O'Donnell Dempsey Senior Center  
622 Salem Avenue
The Oaks at Westminster  
220 Parker Road
Jefferson Park Day Care Center 
485 Madison Avenue 
Eben Ezer Seventh Day Adventist Church
1203 East Broad Street
Presented by Mayor Bollwage, Council President Patricia Perkins-Auguste and City Council, the event attracted thousands of residents from across Elizabeth. In addition to the free book bags and school supplies, kids were also treated to entertainment and refreshments at each location as well as free empowerment information for parents and guardians.  
The event was sponsored by New Jersey American Water, Garden State Community Bank, Elberon Development Group, the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth, Waste Management and the 20th Legislative District: Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano. Dignitaries in attendance included: Freeholder Sergio Granados, First Ward, Councilman Carlos Torres, Third Ward Councilman Kevin Kiniery, Fourth Ward Councilman Carlos Cedeno, Fifth Ward Councilman William Gallman, School Board Members: Maria Carvalho, Stanley Neron and Charlene Bathelus.
“When entering school for the new year, something as simple as a new book bag can make an enormous difference in a student's attitude and perspective toward the academic year,” said Council President Patricia Perkins-Auguste. “I would like to thank the Mayor, my fellow City Council members and all of the collaborators, who make this such an enjoyable experience. Seeing the joy on children’s faces as they receive these important materials makes it all worthwhile.”
This initiative is made possible by: the City of Elizabeth; Elizabeth Packers, Proceed, Inc., Brand New Day, Inc., Shunam House Inc., Retails Skills Center, Jefferson Park Ministries, Community Coordinated Child Care, Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, Pat Perkins-Auguste Civic Association, Urban League of Union County, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, USA Architects, Starbucks Inc., IKEA, Elizabeth PAL, Walgreens Inc., EastWyck Saints and the DoubleTree Hotel.
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