ACES gives away thousands of free backpacks with school materials to students in Waterbury

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Hundreds of backpacks were given to families all across Connecticut this week. It’s all in an effort by one organization to bring the community together.

ACES gave out 1,300 backpacks at an event Wednesday in Waterbury. The drive was held at the ACES STEM Magnet Middle School at Chase. The school just recently moved locations from Meriden. 

Families were able to pick up the free backpacks filled with materials for their students. Students anywhere from five to 17-years-old were able to take one home.

While the vice-principal was handing out the bags, any student was able to pick one up.

ACES had a half dozen donors make this backpack drive possible. It’s all in an effort to support local families as they prepare for the fall, giving them a break in a difficult time.

Families were also able to grab a sweet treat and a few donated books as well. Notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and folders were all in the backpacks to help the students get ready for the classroom.

Thomas House is the Deputy Executive Director for ACES and told News 8, “It’s not just the ACES family we want to help; we want to make sure it’s the community at large.” 

He says it’s necessary after such a trying year, “So we’re coming back to school it’s going to be a brand new year. What’s going to happen when we come out of the pandemic and we’re really excited to support all of our students in the Waterbury area.” 

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