WESTPORT — The first day of classes in Westport public schools’ new academic year is just over three weeks away, so the annual campaign to support students in need has been launched by the town’s Department of Human Services.
Even though Westport is a wealthy town, it nonetheless also is a community where some families need support to help their children get ready for the school year.
The program “offers crucial assistance to local families who lack the financial means to purchase back-to-school supplies and access reliable after-school childcare for their children,” Annette D’Augelli, the department’s family program coordinator, said in a publicity release.
Last year, 115 children from 70 families received help through the back-to-school program, while financial support was provided to 15 youngsters to participate in after-school activities while their parents were at work, officials said.
Some local families “must choose between paying for groceries, the utility bill or purchasing back-to-school supplies,” D’Augelli said.” Unfortunately, rising prices from gas to food and utilities, further contribute to food insecurity and limit access to childcare opportunities for working parents.”
Donations of money or gift cards are being solicited for the program.
Online tax-deductible donations can be made via the Department of Human Services donation portal’s “Family-to-Family” page.
Donations also can be made by mail with checks payable to the “Town of Westport/DHS Family Programs,” at 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.
Anyone seeking assistance should contact the Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.