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ELIZABETH, NJ—August 30, 2012— On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Derrell Bradford of Better Education for Kids, Inc. (B4K), Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins Auguste, Councilman Nelson Gonzalez and Councilman William Gallman in distributing three-thousand book bags filled with school supplies at the Annual Citywide Back-to-School Giveaway.

“As students from across the City of Elizabeth prepare to return back to school, thousands of our young people throughout our community will benefit from these free school supplies,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “These valuable resources will contribute immensely to each child’s academic successes and will help motivate them to achieve their ultimate dreams.”

Special guest Luther Wright, a retired American professional basketball player went to each center to give words of encouragement to the students and their parents on the importance of life-long education and radio personalities from WBLS 107.5 were also in attendance.

“Through the dedicated efforts of private, public and non-profit sectors, our partners came together to help Elizabeth residents with one less cost,” said Senator Raymond Lesniak. “We want parents and children to focus on a successful school year and the highlight is seeing these kids walk out with a backpack on their back and smiling from ear to ear.”

This highly anticipated event was held at seven locations across the City of Elizabeth from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., including: Miller-Evans-Logan Center, Fred Erxleben Recreation Center; Elmora Racquet Club, Mickey Walker Recreation Center, Peterstown  Community Center, Oakwood Plaza and the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center.

“Every child deserves to begin their school year fully equipped for academic success, regardless of their family or financial circumstances,” said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano. “Providing basic school supplies and book bags to the students in the City of Elizabeth through today’s event will ensure that they will have a good start to the academic year.”

The event was made possible by: The City of Elizabeth, The 20th Legislative District, Community Investment Strategies, Inc., PSE&G, Waste Management, Drake College of Business, Garden State Community Bank, HealthFirst, Elizabeth Housing Authority, Starbucks Coffee, WBLS, 7-Eleven, IKEA, American Water, Proceed, Inc., Brand New Day, Inc., Pat Perkins-Auguste Civic Association, Urban League of Union County, Retail Skills Center, Union County College and Trinitas Regional Medical Center.