Mayor of Montclair, NJ, Attends the NCJW/Essex 9th Annual Back 2 School Store
Robert D. Jackson, Mayor of Montclair, attended the 9th Annual Back 2 School Store, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex). The NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store is held each year and provides an opportunity for disadvantaged children, grades K-5, to “shop” cost-free in a one-day pop-up store full of brand new clothes and school supplies donated by NCJW/Essex and its sponsoring partners. Each child is escorted by a volunteer “personal shopper” through the store to pick out his or her own new backpack with school supplies, and a new outfit complete with a winter coat, pants, shirt, sneakers, undergarments, and winter hats and gloves. Ths year the Back 2 School Store outfitted nearly 800 economically disadvantaged children with the help of 475 volunteers. Since 2009, the Back 2 School Store has benefitted nearly 4700 children and utilized over 3200 volunteers who were involved in planning, organizing and working at the store on the day of the event.