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Community-wide program collects school supplies

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Posted by
Donation boxes, like this one at Low Knob Press, have been placed in a number of places around town.

Donation boxes, like this one at Low Knob Press, can be found in a number of locations around town. (Mike Shanahan)

Spearheaded by the United Church of Cloverdale, the fifth annual “Stock a Student Classroom” drive is now underway.

With support from local churches, community groups, service clubs and many individuals, UCC has organized this community-wide summer program to collect needed school supplies for Jefferson Elementary and Washington Middle Schools.

Donated supplies are distributed to the schools at the beginning of the school year. A representative of the UCC and some retired teachers use any cash donations to purchase additional classroom supplies.

Needed items include binders, binder dividers, dry erase markers, washable markers, whiteboards, pencils, mechanical pencils, highlighters, colored markers, colored pencils, pens, sharpie black and colored pens, scissors, pink erasers, glue sticks, school glue, pencil sharpeners, folders, card sock, copy paper, index cards, lined paper notebooks, spiral notebooks, 24-count Crayola crayons, tape and backpacks.

During the months of July and August, donation boxes can be found at A Cut Above, Century 21 Les Ryan Realty, Cloverdale Fire Department, Cloverdale Library, Cloverdale Pharmacy, Cloverdale Police Department, Clover Springs Lodge, CVS, Low Knob Press, Mail Center, Ray’s Food Place and Soil King Garden Supplies.

Organizers say the program has always been a huge success, thanks to strong community support.

“Even though the State of California is coming through with better money for our schools, the help we give with school supplies still makes a big impact by making it possible for teachers to provide more for the children and to enhance their educational experiences,“ noted chairperson Marilyn Michelon.

For more information on “Stock a Student Classroom,” or to inquire about making a monetary donation, call the church office at 894-2039.

 

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Mary Jo Winter is our Cloverdale correspondent.
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