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PPPL’ers help the community with back-to-school donations

Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory donated more than two  dozen backpacks and dozens of notebooks, binders, pens, pencils and crayons during school supply drive for local school children through the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. 

PPPL donated the supplies to the Trenton Board of Education, which distributed them to school children in need through its Back to School Extravaganza scheduled on Friday, Aug. 24. 

"We are pleased that our staff could help children in need, said Andrew Zwicker, head of Communications and Public Outreach “ I’m grateful our employees take an interest in the community where they live and work. It’s a hallmark of our Laboratory, and in fact is part of our core values. I would like to thank all PPPL employees for contributing so much for such a worthy cause.” 

The drive was organized by quality assurance engineer Jessica Malo along with Margaret Kevin-King, building and grounds supervisor and communications specialist Jeanne Jackson DeVoe. Kevin-King and Jackson DeVoe transported the donations to the soup kitchen in Trenton. 

“Taking the time to give back is incredibly important and one of the best ways to do that is to support education,” said Malo. “I love working in a place like this where people want to do good and they get really excited about participating in causes like this.”

Jamie Parker, manager of programs at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen thanked PPPL for the donations. “Your donations will go to help local Trenton schoolchildren start their school year off right with the supplies they need to learn,” she said. “On behalf of the families TASK serves, we are all grateful.”

Here’s what PPPL’ers donated:

29 backpacks

7 computer bags

35 notebooks

19 binders

13 packs of notebook paper

16 packs of crayons

12 packs of pens

9 packs of pencils

4 packs of highlighters

Dozens of assorted items such as scissors, glue sticks, erasers, etc. 

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.


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