LACONIA — The Children’s Foundation of St. Vincent de Paul Society will hold their annual Project Pencil program. Over the past 30 years Project Pencil has helped approximately 600 pre-school, elementary, middle and high school students each September. The program assists area children by providing them with backpacks, lunch boxes, and back-to-school supplies. Project Pencil benefits students in public, private and parochial schools, child care centers, nursery schools, and elementary, middle and high schools in Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Gilmanton, Meredith, and Tilton.

This year, school nurses have expressed a greater need for personal hygiene items, undergarments, and sweatpants for students of all ages. The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving working parents struggling to make ends meet. By working with school nurses, the program provides children with basic necessities and school supplies to help with a positive educational experience.

Backpacks and supplies will be delivered to neighborhood schools the second week of August. Families who need help may contact their child's school for information regarding pick up dates and times. All requests are kept confidential.

Due to the pandemic, only monetary donations are accepted. To make a donation to support Project Pencil, stop by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 1269 Union Ave., to mail a check to P.O. Box 6123, Laconia, NH 03246. SVDP Thrift Store hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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