By Mercedes Leist
Special to The SUN
Our local churches and merchants have once again joined the Community United Methodist Church and the Pagosa Human Services Office in an effort to help families prepare their K-12 children for the new 2013-2014 school year with needed school supply donations.
School materials for the students include: No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, mechanical pencils, blue, black and red pens, pencil bags, supply box, 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 may 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 Methodist Thrift Store.
Marked “Back To School Supply Drive” barrels will be available through Aug. 18. Cash and supply donations can also be dropped off at the Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. (264-5508) during the campaign drive. Distribution of the school supplies will be conducted at the Parish Hall on Friday, Aug. 23, 1-5:30 p.m.