Back to school at Maggie’s Place

Andrew Wagstaff
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Annual program helps families get ready for September

AMHERST – Getting your children back to school does not have to be as much of a financial burden as you might think.

Maggie’s Place counselor navigator Sarah Rushton arranges some of the school supplies donated to be given to local families, as they get ready for the back to school season. The school supplies are available to Cumberland County families while supplies last at Maggie’s Place on Aug. 25-29.

Thanks to a program offered each year at Maggie’s Place, Cumberland County families have access to free school supplies for a week in August.

“To get set up for school can be very expensive, especially if you have four kids all in different grades,” said Sarah Rushton, a counselor navigator at Maggie’s Place.

The wide variety of supplies, ranging from pencils to crayons to binders and backpacks, will be available for pickup at Maggie’s Place at 11 Elmwood Drive in Amherst from Monday to Friday, Aug. 25-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The supplies are offered to any families from Cumberland County on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

“We ask that, if you have a list, please bring it in so it’s easier for us to fill,” she explained. “Just come to the door, and will have some staff assigned to help you.”

The program has been offered for several years at Maggie’s Place, and has served an average of 150 families per year, according to Rushton.

The school supplies are offered free of charge due to the donations of many local organizations and individuals, the largest of which comes from the Bell Aliant Pioneers volunteers of Cumberland County, who donated 200 backpacks and enough school supplies for 90 children.

“They are regular contributors year after year, and we also get donations from other organizations and money from different places every year,” said Rushton. “A lot of people, if they’re cleaning out and have some stuff, will come by and drop it off throughout the year.”

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Bell Aliant Pioneers

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Amherst

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