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Metro Holds Second Annual School Supply Drive

7/9/2013

Goal is to Raise $25,000 Worth of School Supplies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Metro Government is holding a second annual back-to-school supply drive this month to make sure students have the scissors, notebook paper, backpacks and other supplies they need to be ready for school. 

“We want all of our students to receive a great education, and, as simple as it sounds, that starts with having the basic school supplies they need,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Metro departments stepped up during the inaugural supply drive last year, and I want to thank them and members of the community for their participation. Through that giving spirit, I think we can do even better this year to make sure even more students have the school supplies they need to get their year off to a great start.”

Last year, Metro raised a total of $19,921 worth of school supplies, enough to aid 2,231 Metro Schools students. This year’s goal is to increase the total by 25 percent and raise $25,000 worth of school supplies, enough to help more than 2,788 students.

The school supply drive starts today and will end on July 25. At a ceremony on July 31, Mayor Dean will recognize Metro departments that raise the most supplies, along with departments that increase their donation by 10 percent compared to last year’s drive. 

Members of the public are encouraged to participate by donating school supplies at drop-off sites at any Nashville library, fire hall, police station and community center or at the MTA Music City Central transit station and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Donations can also be made online at www.pencilfd.org/pencil_box/donate. More information about the supply drive is available at www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Priorities/Volunteerism/Metro-Campaigns/Metro-School-Supply-Drive.

The school supplies will be delivered to the PENCIL Foundation’s LP PENCIL Box, a community resource available to Metro Schools teachers who need supplies for students.  LP PENCIL Box is sponsored by LP Building Products and is a program of PENCIL Foundation. Metro teachers are invited to visit LP PENCIL Box twice a year and select up to $250 worth of supplies for their students. 

The supply drive is an Impact Nashville initiative, the local Cities of Service program run out of the Mayor’s Office to engage volunteerism and direct services to the city’s highest needs.