Project Self-Sufficiency annual Back-To-School Fair a success

| 15 Feb 2012 | 08:57

NEWTON — More than 300 children and their families turned out for the ninth annual Back-to-School Fair at Project Self-Sufficiency on last week. Parents learned how to help their children avoid being targeted by bullies, picked up tips about the dangers of lead poisoning and received pointers on keeping their children healthy. Meanwhile, children got free haircuts, played games and received backpacks brimming with free school supplies. Representatives from local social service organizations were on hand to discuss topics ranging from household safety to first aid. Agency staff members and volunteers handed out school supplies, played games, organized crafts, and provided dinner and snacks. “Project Self-Sufficiency is proud to offer the Back-to-School Fair to our participants again this year,” said Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “The helpful information and services available to families at this event prepare both children and their parents for a successful school year. We are grateful to all of the social service agencies, businesses and volunteers who took time to lend a helping hand to local families in need.” Participating social service organizations included the American Red Cross, Caring Partners of Morris/Sussex Counties, the Center for Family Life Education, the Division of Youth & Family Services, Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., Family Support Organization, Ginnie’s House, Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Sussex County, Maternal & Child Health Consortium, Newton Police, NORWESCAP, Parent Interactions with Schools/Teachers, Samaritan Inn, Sussex County Health Clinic, Sussex County Division of Social Services, Sussex County YMCA, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Children’s Mobile Response/ Family Intervention Services, NJ Family Care, Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network. Stylists from several area salons volunteered their time to offer free haircuts to students including Village Mane, Salon Fig, Becky’s, Total Image, and His & Hair. Project Self-Sufficiency is a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey. For information call 973-940-3500.