Bartell Drugs’ “School Tools for Kids in Need” school supplies donation drive kicks off this Friday (August 8) at all 58 Bartell’s locations to support local students through World Vision’s Kids in Need Resource Center in Renton. The 8th annual drive continues through August 28.

Donated school supplies will help re-stock the Kids in Need Resource Center, where  teachers –whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs— “shop” free of charge for school supplies to help meet students’ needs. Over the past year 120 schools throughout the Puget Sound region were served by the center, with an average pick up of $700 in donated items for each of the nearly 2,500 teacher visits.

According to Federal Way-based World Vision, a globally-known charitable organization, as many as 58,000 local students could begin the school year without the basic school supplies.

“With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there’s never been a more important time to support this drive. Over the past seven years we’ve appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations,” said Bartell Drugs Chairman and CEO George D. Bartell.

Mead, Avery and Bic have teamed up with Bartell’s to support this year’s “School Tools for Kids in Need” drive.   A “Basic Needs” list of suggested donation items found in Bartell’s “School Aisles” include:

  • Paper Mate  #2 Pencils – 20 Count
  • Bic Cristal or Round Stic Ink Pens – 10 pack. Blue or Black
  • Elmer’s Glue – Glue-All or School Glue/4 oz. bottles
  • Kids’ Scissors – pointed or blunt
  • Avery Glue Stic/2 pack – Acid-free, photo-safe, permanent and washable
  • Pentel Hi-Polymer Erasers – 3 pack
  • Avery Poly Binders – 1/2” or 1” sizes
  • Crayons – 24 colors
  • Avery Hi-Liter Markers – Yellow or Pink
  • Erasers – 25 pack cap erasers or 4 pack pink

Culminating the drive, the Seattle Storm joins Bartell’s, World Vision and Star 101.5 to raise awareness and collect donations at a special “Back-to-School Night” game August 28. Bartell Drugs and World Vision representatives will be on hand to accept the school supply donations.

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