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United Way Collecting School Supplies

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News
Volunteers help pack school supplies.

As the beginning of the new school year approaches,  the United Way wants to make sure students have the supplies they need. Thursday was the end of its annual Stock the Schools drive to collect donations of pens and pencils, notebooks, paper, rulers, scissors, and other supplies for low income children.

United Way Vice President Marci Zogg says students qualify for free supplies if they qualify for free and reduced price lunches at school. 

Credit Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News
A volunteer sorts notebooks.

"We know with everything that's going on, with economic issues and things like that, we know that there might be more families that are going to be in need this year. And we also don't really know what school is going to look like. So if we have kiddoes in the classroom and kiddoes that are at home, they might need twice as many supplies because they're going to need them both places."

In addition to school supplies, the Stock the Schools drive hopes to receive donations of hygiene items, especially for day care centers, including diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometers, and paper towels. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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