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DCEF joins community partners to kick off annual school supply drive

CASTLE ROCK - This week, the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) kicks off the annual school supply drive.
“For most parents, back-to-school is still a long way off but we’re already planning to help hundreds of students in need,” said Amy Sherman, President of the DCEF Board of Trustees.  “We want to make sure that every single Douglas County student has the supplies he or she needs to start school and be successful.”
According to Sherman, last year DCEF raised more than $20,000 and provided 600 students with supplies ranging from notebooks to calculators.  
“This year, we hope to best that number by giving teachers additional supplies for their classrooms,” continued Sherman.
The most needed supplies include the following:
  • #2 Pencils
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Index Cards
  • Highliighters
  • Markers (Crayola Washable)
  • Pens (Red, Blue & Black)
  • Pink Erasers
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Ruled Paper (Wide & College Ruled)
  • Tissues
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Scissors (Elementary & Secondary)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Composition Books (Wide & Narrow Ruled)
  • Pocket Folders (with and without brads, in multi-colors)
  • Post-Its
  • Flash Drives 

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DCEF has joined with a number of community organizations to collect school supplies.  The lengthy list of community partners includes Leadership Douglas County, the Giving Tree, Douglas County Libraries, Douglas County Safeway Stores, Douglas/Elbert Task Force, Panther Pantry, Waste Management, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, DIRECTV, the US Army, Chambers of Commerce, the Meadows Neighborhood Company, Sam’s Club and others.
“On behalf of the Panther Food Pantry, we are thrilled to be partnering with the DCEF to assemble backpacks bursting with school supplies for students in need in Douglas County.  On a daily basis, we see the incredible need in this community that many people do not see.  With the efforts of amazing organizations and the community, we can help ease the burden of 'back to school" shopping for many families and students in the district,” said Panther Pantry Director, Jen Zander. 
Where to Donate
Donations are being collected at the following locations: Douglas County School District Administration Building, Douglas County Chambers of Commerce offices, Belly-Up Spa in Highlands Ranch, Smart Cow in Castle Rock and the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Parker.  Beginning July 7 Douglas County libraries will collect donations and on Saturday, July 20, Safeway stores across Douglas County will accept donations. 
"The Giving Tree school supply effort is a perfect match to the vision of the library and staff to help develop well rounded students.  Having the right supplies to get a good start on the school year is critical for every child.  And if this is a way to welcome the generosity of our patrons towards that goal, we want to be as supportive as possible," said Susan Squyer, Leadership Douglas County’s Giving Tree.
Douglas County Educational Foundation supports the students, schools and teachers in Douglas County School District.  Visit for more information.
June 18, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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