Help on the way for teachers, students after our Back to School Collection Drive at Xfinity Theater

Good Morning CT at Nine

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 joined iHeart and Live Nation Wednesday at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford to help teachers and students as the school year nears with our Back to School Collection Drive.

Even though things looked a little different this year, that didn’t stop very generous donors from dropping off school supplies and personal health safety supplies.

Of course, masks will be a must for school.

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Senator Richard Blumenthal were there to present an extremely generous donation of 21,000 masks to the teachers’ unions made possible by the Rossi Family Foundation.

In addition to school supplies, the Salvation Army was there to collect teddy bears for children in trauma.

These items are highly requested from teachers, unions and parents:

  • Backpacks    
  • Ear buds
  • Cleaning supplies: Kleenex, wipes, sanitizer, paper towels, cleaning spray
  • Lunch boxed/bags
  • Traditional school supplies: pencils, glue sticks, binders, etc..
  • Tech items

Every car that donated got six masks and hand sanitizer as a thank you.

We are presenting the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the AFT Connecticut with 20,000 masks for teachers, teachers aids, assistants, school nurses.


Vice President of Marketing in Connecticut and Upstate New York at Live Nation Jim Bozzi, and from Country 92-5 mornings Damon Scott, detail the contact-less drive at Xfinity Theater in Hartford ahead of the collection drive in the video below.

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