|Owens group collects school supplies|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 14 July 2012 08:21|
Owens Community College's Alumni Association is reaching out to area children in need of school supplies by holding a month-long "Backpack to the Future" School Supply Drive beginning Tuesday. Collected items will benefit low-income kindergarten-age school children throughout Northwest Ohio.
The drive is in collaboration with Books-A-Million Inc., nine Directions Credit Union branches, three Great Lakes Credit Union branches and five Genoa Bank branches.
The "Backpack to the Future" School Supply Drive will occur at the Books-A-Million bookstores in the Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg and in the Findlay Village Mall in Findlay; nine Directions Credit Union branches in Sylvania, Toledo, Maumee, Perrysburg, Oregon and Rossford; three Great Lakes Credit Union branches in Sylvania and Perrysburg and five Genoa Bank branches in Genoa, Oregon, Maumee, Millbury and Rossford.
The 19 community locations expand the college's educational initiative for individuals to drop off their donations. Among the charitable items that will be accepted as part of the school supply drive are gently-used or new backpacks, crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues.
Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given 2,356 backpacks and 42,661 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.
In addition to the community supply drive locations, area residents can bring their charitable donations to the college's Office of Alumni Relations on the Perrysburg Township campus, the Education Center Atrium on the Findlay-area campus and the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee.
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