Pencils, Notebooks and Supplies, Oh My!

Somersworth VFW Donates supplies to 8 local schools.


First Parish Church, Somersworth, donates 73 backpacks packed full of supplies to local schools.

(Copyright: First Parish Church, Somersworth.)

School starts this week! For many Somersworth parents that brings the headache of making sure their student has completed their class suggested list of supplies.

While these lists offer just suggestions, if you are like many area parents you already have the backpack stuffed full of goodies and ready to go.

For some though the financial burden of even purchasing a back pack can be hard.

Local Organizations Make Sure No Child Is Left Without Supplies

The good news is thanks to the generosity of three local organizations Somersworth VFW Post 4485, First Parish Church and St Ignatius of Loyola Somersworth, many students will not be without school supplies this year.

Somersworth VFW Donates supplies to 8 local schools.

Left to right: Joe Dreinszky, John Calri and Post 4485 Commander John Gregoire stand with just some of the donates school supplies.
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VFW Post 4485 donated just over $1,100 worth of school supplies to 8 area schools. These included:

Dover and Somersworth Middle Schools.

Garrison School, Dover, Horne Street School, and St Mary’s in Dover as well as Idlehurst and MapleWood schools which are located in Somersworth.

With the exception of St. Mary’s, which is a Dover area catholic school, all received the same amount of supplies. Two large supply boxes packed with pencils, color crayons, pencil cases and the like. St Mary’s requested that they donate just notepads and rulers which will be sent to missionaries in another country according to post commander John Gregoire.

The supplies were packed in boxes and each was delivered to the required school on Wednesday August 22nd all in good time for the start of a new semester.

They were warmly received by all the schools in the area including the Somersworth Middle School where Principal Dana Hilliard had this to say, “The Veterans of Somersworth continue through their service and dedication, to be examples to us all of what the meaning of citizenship is.”

Churches Organize To Give Supplies Too. 

First Parish Church, Somersworth, donates 73 backpacks packed full of supplies to local schools.

Some of the 73 backpacks that were donated by the congregation of First Parish Church in Somersworth.
(Copyright: First Parish Church, Somersworth.)

The Mission outreach committee of the First Parish Church located at West High Street also delivered 73 backpacks stuffed full of goodies.

These backpacks will be delivered to Maplewood and Idlehurst schools in Somersworth, Rollinsford Grade school in Rollinsford, the Knowlton School in Berwick Maine and Lebanon Elementary in Lebanon Maine.

St Ignatius Parish donated several backpacks to Lydia's House of Hope In Somersworth

Some of the backpacks that were donated to the Children’s of Lydia’s House of Hope. Copyright: Lydia’s House of Hope


St Ignatius Parish churches which include Holy Trinty, St Martin’s and St Mary’s (Rollinsford) churches also gathered backpacks and supplies for local schools.

According To Father Andrew Nelson this was the first year the Parish had done this. The drive resulted in 50 families receiving back packs this year

The majority of those families were part of the church community but several were distributed to the children of Lydia’s House Of Hope as well as families that had reached out to the Parish seeking help.

In Father Andrew’s words, “We are blessed to be able to support local families as they start another school year and help them share the promise of a bright future.”

Thank You! 

Thankfully, my kids are now grown but I can still recall the days of scrambling for school supplies. So on behalf of the children of Somersworth I would like to take the time to say thank you.

Thank you, to all those who donated, packed and delivered these supplies. Thanks to people like you, many Somersworth kids will be off to a great start this school year.

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