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The Montclair Education Association will hold a Back to School Supplies Giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Nishuane School.

The first 400 students at the event will receive a free bag of school supplies, including pens, highlighters, pencil sharpeners and pouches, index cards, paper, glue sticks, sticky notes and folders. Each student will also receive a mask.

The event is free and open to Montclair Public School students only. No pre-registration is required. The MEA will hold the giveaway rain or shine.

“This annual event is one that the association looks forward to each year,” MEA president Cathy Kondreck said in a press release. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue to support our Montclair public school students and their families as we head into the new school year.”




A drive-through pick-up line will be set up behind Nishuane in the back parking lot for those driving to the event. Attendees must remain in their cars and wear masks. Volunteers will hand the bags of supplies through the cars’ windows.

Walkers will be asked to join a socially distanced line on the side of Nishuane, also wearing masks. Volunteers will hand the bags of supplies to the walkers.

The Back to School Supplies Giveaway is made possible through a PRIDE in Public Education grant that the MEA received from the New Jersey Education Association. For additional information or questions, contact MEA Social Chair Karen Tripucka at ktripucka@gmail.com.