Agassiz Valley Social Services kicks off school supply drive

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 6:00 am

Agassiz Valley Social Services has announced its annual Back to School Project to provide backpacks and critical school supplies for families in need so that every child in Traill County is prepared for school and ready to learn. 

This year’s project will be set up at Mayville Lutheran Church at 24 3rd Ave. S.E. in Mayville.

The program accepts donations of school supplies and money, which will be used to purchase additional supplies that are needed.

Necessary supplies include pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, black Sharpies, backpacks, notebooks, folders, scientific calculators, loose-leaf notebook paper, scissors, three-ring binders, erasers, glue, glue sticks, protractors and compasses. 

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to MSU Child Development Programs, 330 3rd St. NE, Mayville, ND 58257 or Agassiz Valley Social Services, 114 W. Caledonia Ave., P.O. Box 190, Hillsboro, ND 58045. 

Checks can be made payable to Traill County Community Giving Projects.

Donations of supplies are preferred by July 31, while monetary contributions can be made year-round.

This is a self-referral program, and families will be asked to complete a form the day of distribution.

Donated supplies and the supplies purchased with monetary donations will be distributed differently this year at Mayville Lutheran Church from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

The 2019 project will provide families with pre-filled backpacks sorted by elementary, midle school and high school. 

Children’s backpacks will have school supplies that closely match their school’s supply list. Not all items will be provided.

The Back to School Project is made possible by donations from Traill County citizens and businesses and is one of the programs administered by Traill County Community Giving Projects, a collaboration of Agassiz Valley Social Services, Mayville State University Child Development Programs, Southeastern ND Community Action Program and community partners. 

The Back to School Project served 107 children and 47 Traill County families in 2018.

For more information, contact Kim Jacobson at Agassiz Valley Social Services (701-636-5220 or or Michelle Bye at MSU Child Development Programs (701-788-4604).

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