Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut has announced the 2017 “Bag It Up For Goodwill Donation Challenge.”

Eligible elementary schools that fall within Goodwill’s territory in Fairfield, Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, New Haven and Windham counties are encouraged to participate.

Throughout the month of April 2017, residents who make a donation at a participating Goodwill donation location will have the opportunity to claim their donation in the name of a local elementary school.

The school with the most items donated during the month will receive $1,500, along with a live performance for the student body.

The winning school will be notified by May 10, and the school performance will take place before the end of the school year.

In 2016, Bloomfield’s Metacomet Elementary won the challenge and received a special performance by Braiden Sunshine from “The Voice.”

School principals and superintendents are asked to register their school to show their participation.

At the Goodwill donation stations, attendants will provide a Bag It Up donation slip where donors will record their school name, city and total number of items being donated.

These slips will be tallied, and weekly updates will be posted on

The school with the highest number of total items donated at the end of the promotion will win $1,500 and a live performance.

Schools that finish in second and third place will receive $500 and $250, respectively.

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