Bridgeport volunteers deliver donated supplies to schools
Some Bridgeport volunteers delivered thousands of dollars' worth of donated supplies to city schools Friday, which officials say are badly in need of basic things like copy paper and pens.
Education advocate Wanda Simmons teamed up with organizations like Target and the East End Community Council for the drive.
Their goal is to bring the supplies to the Tisdale School, where the Bridgeport Board of Education says the funding shortfall affecting all schools is definitely being felt.
Simmons says she learned about the budget cuts while attending public meetings.
After the realization that many schools were struggling to supply kids with the most basic resources, she says she decided to raise thousands of dollars in cash and materials and then to deliver the donated items at no cost to taxpayers.
Simmons says members of the Bridgeport City Council and the Board of Education have applauded her efforts to help students in the city's public schools.