475 Clinton Ave.
“An inadequate education takes the form of not just a lack of equal funding but everything from available support staff, to low social-emotional school climates, to the absence of diverse learning opportunities. In an urban community like Bridgeport, these indicators serve to further hinder children and youth’s academic achievements as they grow up in an environment still struggling with toxic stressors such as poverty and violence. By promoting progressive change in schools, we highly increase the chances that our youth will mature into adulthood and, among other things, improve labor market outcomes and commit less crimes – affecting us all.” 2018 State of the Child in Bridgeport Report
Preparing for the new school year can be stressful due to added costs for families already struggling. Providing backpacks helps remove some barriers and make sure students are prepared to learn and succeed. The aim of our Back to School Drive is to provide disadvantaged children in Bridgeport between grades K – 12 with a backpack filled with school essentials to aid their school year success. Backpacks and school supplies will be collected together with donations made at LifeBridgeCT.org/donations 7/17-8/30. Donations will then be used to purchase school supplies and uniforms.
LifeBridge client applications were accepted from LifeBridge from 7/17-8/15 and the drive is running from 7/17-8/20. Actual donations of new backpacks, uniforms (navy polos and khaki pants) can be made during Community Closet hours Tuesdays 2:30pm – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:30 am – noon and Thursdays 9:30 am – noon through Tues. 8/20. Our address is 475 Clinton Ave. Bridgeport, CT. Back To School Drive backpack distribution days are taking place in the LifeBridge Community Closet on Wed. 8/21 (1:00 – 4:00 PM) and Thurs. 8/22 (2:30 PM – 5:30 PM). School uniforms will be made available to clients in the Community Closet later in August. Applications are no longer available online, but additional backpacks may be available. Clients should speak with their staff member.
General Public: Make your 2019 Back To School Backpacks & School supplies online donation today!
Special thanks to our partners at WEBE 108 for helping to spread the word!