Help provide school supplies to local students


By Mercedes Leist

Special to The SUN

Local churches and merchants have again joined the Community United Methodist Church and the Archuleta County Human Services Office in an effort to help families prepare their K-12 children for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year with needed school supply donations.

School materials for the students include: No. 2 pencils, Colorado pencils, mechanical pencils, blue, black and red pens, pencil bags, supply boxes, metric/standard ruler, highlighters (multiple colors), markers (thin and fat), glue sticks, pink erasers, pencil sharpeners with lid, spiral notebooks (one-subject wide ruled, three-subject wide ruled) one-subject college ruled, three-subject college ruled), composition notebooks, plastic pocket folders, pocket folders with three holes for binders, tabbed dividers, notebook paper, wide ruled notebook paper, college ruled  graph paper, three-ringed binders (1.5 inch only), flash drives and backpacks.

Marked barrels for your school supply donations will be available in the churches, Family Dollar, Dollar General and Alco stores. You can sponsor a child by providing $35 to cover the cost of school materials. Cash donations can be left with your local church office personnel.

Families in need of supplies should go the Human Services Office to complete a request form so their needs can be filled. The Human Services Office is located at 551 Hot Springs Blvd., (telephone 264-2182). Parental signups: Human Services or the Methodist Thrift Store.

Marked Back To School Supply Drive barrels will be available Monday, Aug. 5- Saturday, Aug. 18. Cash and supply donations can also be dropped off during the campaign drive at the Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. (phone 264-5508). Distribution of the school supplies will be conducted in the Parish Hall on Friday, Aug. 23,1-5:30 p.m.