Bartell Drugs next week is launching its "School Tools for Kids in Need" school supplies donation drive at its 58 drug stores.

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Bartell to kick off school supplies drive

August 2nd, 2011

SEATTLE – Bartell Drugs next week is launching its "School Tools for Kids in Need" school supplies donation drive at its 58 drug stores.

The Puget Sound-area pharmacy chain said Tuesday that the annual school supplies drive, which will support local students through World Vision's Kids in Need Resource Center in Renton, Wash., runs from Aug. 8 to 28.

According to Bartell Drugs, the donated school supplies will help restock the Kids in Need Resource Center, where teachers — whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs — shop free for school supplies to help meet students' needs.

Over the past year, 120 schools in the region were served by the center, with an average pickup of $700 in donated items for each of the nearly 2,500 teacher visits, the chain said.

Mead, Avery and Bic have teamed up with Bartell Drugs to support this year's drive. The retailer said a basic needs list of suggested donation items found in its back-to-school aisles includes Paper Mate No. 2 Pencils (20 count), Bic Cristal or Round Stic Ink Pens (10 pack), Elmer's Glue-All or School Glue (4 oz. bottles), Avery Glue Stic (two pack), Pentel Hi-Polymer Erasers (three pack), and Avery Poly Binders and Hi-Liter Markers, as well as children's scissors (pointed or blunt), crayons (24 colors) and erasers (25-pack cap erasers or four-pack pink).

Bartell Drugs reported that according to World Vision, a globally known charitable organization, as many as 58,000 local students could start the school year without basic school supplies.

"With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there's never been a more important time to support this drive," Bartell Drugs chairman and chief executive officer George Bartell said in a statement. "Over the past seven years, we've appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations."

On Aug. 28, the WNBA's Seattle Storm will join Bartell Drugs, World Vision and STAR 101.5 FM radio to raise awareness and collect donations at a special "Back-to-School Night" game. Bartell Drugs and World Vision representatives will be on hand at the game to accept the school supply donations.