Next week, Bartell Drugs will kick off its annual school supplies donation drive.

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Bartell set to launch school supplies drive

August 3rd, 2012

SEATTLE – Next week, Bartell Drugs will kick off its annual school supplies donation drive.

The Puget Sound-area drug chain said Friday that the ninth annual School Tools for Kids in Need program, which will support local students through World Vision's Teacher Resource Center in Fife, Wash., runs from Aug. 6 to 26 at its 58 drug stores.

Donated school supplies will help restock the Teacher Resource Center, where teachers — whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs — can shop free for school supplies to help meet students' needs.

Bartell Drugs said Mead, Avery, Kimberly-Clark and Bic have teamed up with the chain to support this year's drive. A basic needs list of suggested donation items found in Bartell's back-to-school aisles includes No. 2 pencils (20 count), Bic Cristal or Round Stic ink pens (10-pack, blue or black), Elmer's Glue-All or School Glue bottles (4 oz.), Scotch Kids' Scissors (pointed or blunt), Avery Glue Stic (two-pack), Pentel Hi-Polymer Erasers (three-pack), Avery Poly Binders (half-inch or one-inch sizes), Playskool crayons (24 colors), Avery Hi-Liter Markers (yellow or pink), CLi Erasers (20-pack cap erasers, or three-pack
pink), A&W zipper pencil pouch, Mead index cards and Crayola colored pencils (12-count).

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

"With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there's never been a more important time to support this drive," Bartell Drugs chairman and chief executive officer George Bartell said in a statement. "Over the past eight years, we've appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations."