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AAA West Hartford Collecting Supplies for Local Students

A collection box for school supplies is set up at the AAA office at 815 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford. Photo credit: Amy Parmenter

The public is invited to donate school supplies, which will benefit students at Whiting Lane School, and take the pledge not to drive ‘intexticated.’

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While most folks are still enjoying the hazy, lazy days of summer, the reality is that school bells will be ringing across Connecticut in less than a month.

In an effort to support local families and those in need, AAA is collecting school supplies through Aug. 4 at several locations, including the West Hartford store, 815 Farmington Ave.The supplies collected in the West Hartford location will be donated to the nearby Whiting Lane School.

The campaign encourages AAA associates, members and the general public to donate new, unused school supplies. AAA works with local schools to determine the level of need and, after the donations are collected, AAA associates will deliver the supplies where they can be of greatest benefit.

“AAA cares deeply about the local communities in which we do business,” said Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA, Greater Hartford. “The goal is to do our part to help families get the school year off to the best possible start.”

Helping Students Inside and Outside the Classroom

While dropping off donations, all are invited and encouraged to take AAA’s “Don’t Drive Intexticated” pledge or to find it at AAA.com/dontdrivedistracted.

AAA’s multi-year initiative “Don’t Drive Intoxicated—Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign efffectively compares texting and driving with  drinking and driving in that both often result in serious injury or death. A person using a cellphone while driving is four times as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers who are not.

“With more distractions than ever, motorists need to make a new commitment as the school year begins to put the phone away and watch out for students,” said Parmenter.

Parents and students can also take the pledge at AAA.com/DontDriveDistracted.

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