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2018-08-08 / Local News

Third City school supply drive set for Aug. 23

City of Tonawanda leaders and educators are teaming up to sponsor a third annual school supplies drive, which strives to provide students with the resources they need to excel in class, according to city officials.

City of Tonawanda Common Council President Jenna Koch is sponsoring this year’s drive, along with Heather Sternin, president of the Tonawanda City School District’s Board of Education, and the members of the Teachers Education Association, all of whom will be on hand to receive donations.

Koch called the drive a prime opportunity to help local families who struggle to cover the average cost of school supplies at $100 per student.

“Back to school can be a financial burden for many families in our community,” she said. “Our school supplies drive is a wonderful opportunity to help a student start the school year off on the right foot.”

This year’s drive will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Tonawanda High School, 600 Fletcher St., Tonawanda. Organizers are seeking donations of school supplies for students of all ages. Supplies collected during the drive will be distributed to schools in the district to be provided to students in need.

Businesses or individuals who cannot attend the drive but are interested in donating can contact Koch at jkoch4council@gmail.com. Volunteers will be available to pick up donations ahead of the event for those who cannot attend.

Tonawanda City School District Superintendent Timothy Oldenburg called the drive annual proof of the giving nature of city residents.

“This event and the volume of donated materials and resources is another reminder of the overwhelming generosity and goodwill that this community embraces,” Oldenburg said.

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