RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks and Communities In Schools of Seattle (CIS of Seattle) will host a school supplies drive at CenturyLink Field on Friday, August 22 prior to the Seahawks versus Bears game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. and all gates will open at 4 p.m.
Volunteers will be collecting supplies and cash donations at all gates and at The Pro Shop. All school supplies will be given to Seattle schools with the highest percentages of low income students. Last year, 32 local schools received supplies from the drive.
"This year, the National Retail Federation estimates the cost of school supplies for a child at around $100" said Shira Rosen, Executive Director of Communities In School of Seattle. "When you are a parent living paycheck to paycheck, or wondering how you can have enough food for your family, spending $100 on school supplies is not an option. When we can give a student the supplies they need for the year, we effectively eliminate a significant barrier that keeps students from staying in school and achieving a successful future."
The most needed school supplies include the following items:
- Colored pencils
- Glue/glue sticks
- Notebook dividers
- Notebook paper
- Pencil sharpeners
- Pink Erasers
- Scotch tape
- Spiral and composition notebooks
About Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools of Seattle is an affiliate of Communities In Schools of Washington and part of nation's largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our individualized approach gets kids the help they need - when they need it. Help can be as simple as providing eyeglasses to a child in need or as intensive as after-school tutoring; it all depends on the child.
Communities In Schools was founded in 1977 and operates in 26 states and DC. Communities In Schools has been in Washington since 1991 and serves over 54,000 students, families and schools in Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Key Peninsula, Lakewood, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Richland and Whatcom County.
Learn more at www.seattle.ciswa.org.