Backpack Drive Seeks School Supply Donations

Though it feels as though Summer has just arrived, Marshfield Area United Way’s annual “Supplies 4 Success” Backpack and School Supply Drive is here. Help children in the area begin the next school year fully prepared to learn.

Last year, the backpack and school supply drive helped 638 children in and around the Marshfield area. Students, from four-year-old kindergarteners to seniors in high school, in Marshfield, Auburndale, Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Neillsville, Pittsville, Spencer and Stratford received backpacks filled with school supplies.

“Our Backpack and School Supply event is important since outfitting a child with the supplies necessary to return to school can be $55 or more,” said Paula Jero, Executive Director of Marshfield Area United Way. “If you have more than one child it can add up fast. Additionally parents have school fees to pay at this time as well.”

United Way will be collecting school supplies from July 24, 2017, until August 11, 2017 for the backpack and school supply drive. Donations can be taken to any one of the drop-off locations around town.

Those locations include: both Associated and BMO Harris Bank locations, Century 21 Realty, Endless Designs, First Choice Credit Union, Partners (formerly Heritage) Bank, Marshfield Clinic, MACCI, RiverEdge, Target, and Tricor Insurance. Donations can also be dropped off at the United Way office, 156 S Central Avenue, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m.

“Many parents tell us the help with supplies and a backpack enables them to afford to pay the fees, but they couldn’t afford to do both,” said Jero. “United Way does the event because we want kids to be successful and prepared for the school year.  When kids succeed in school, we all win!”

More information about the backpack and school supply drive and a list of school supplies needed for donation is available for download at the Marshfield Area United Way website.

If your business or organization will be holding a school supply drive within your company and would like the donated supplies picked up, please call United Way at 715-384-9992 to schedule a pick-up. The “Supplies 4 Success” Backpack and School Supply Drive is a coordinated effort between Marshfield Area United Way and the Marshfield Clinic’s Center for Community Outreach.

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