County agencies, other organizations team up to collect school supplies

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A number of government agencies, businesses and community organizations have joined together to collect school supplies for county school children and are accepting donations this week.

The organizations are looking for contributions of backpacks along with wide-ruled paper; pens; pencils; sharpeners; glue sticks; colored pencils; folders; rulers; highlighters; three-ring binders; index cards; pencil pouches; erasers; plain colored plastic folders; Crayon 24; and blunt scissors. Other desired items are Mead Five Star spiral notebook, college ruled; Mead Five Star pocket folders (assorted colors); Mead Five Star composition notebook, college ruled and bound; Mead Five Star reinforced filler paper, college ruled, three-hole punched; scientific calculators; and personal items such as hand sanitizer and tissues, according to a press release.

Donations will be accepted until noon, Thursday, August 31 at the following locations in Silver Spring:

  • Ashton Rehabilitation Clinic, 962 Wayne Ave., L-A, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Michaels, 8661 Colesville Rd. Ste A.104, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Red Lobster, 8533 Georgia Ave., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Whole Foods, 833 Wayne Ave., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.¬†

Donations will be accepted at the civic building until 7 p.m. Aug. 31, when the distribution of supplies will begin under the plaza pavilion. The distribution event will include entertainment and presentations.

The Montgomery County Department of Police, through a donation from the Montgomery County Police Foundation, will contribute 100 new backpacks and school supplies and officers will help with the distribution.

Other participating organizations include the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Giant Foods, Faith Community Baptist Church, Staples, Ashton Rehabilitation Center, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Michaels, Shoppers Foods, Safeway, Navy Federal Credit Union, Heart of Tabitha Foundation, T-Mobile, Whole Foods, and many other local faith groups.

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