Thomas Edison State University held its second annual Back-to-School Readiness Fair on Friday, Aug. 4, at George A. Pruitt Hall.
The afternoon event included distribution of 365 new backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies that will help equip Trenton-area school children for the upcoming academic year.
Now in its second year, the event highlights the University’s partnership with the Trenton community, offering free resources and information, such as COVID-19 vaccinations, guidance on maintaining a lead-free home environment, maternal and mental health, wellness services, free health insurance eligibility review and available after-school programs. Additionally, attendees can receive assistance with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), tax preparation and other services.
Participating organizations included Isles, Inc.; Central Jersey Family Health Consortium; New Jersey Department of Health; NJ FamilyCare; Trenton Health Team; United Way of Greater Mercer County; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County; Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County; Hyacinth; HomeFront NJ; Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Mercer Street Friends; and the New Jersey State Library.