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Businesses accepting donations of pencils, backpacks, and more for students in need

PMG FILE PHOTO - Four businesses in town are collecting school supplies throughout the month of August. Outfitting and supplying your child for a new school year is expensive. And for some families, costs can be overwhelming.

To curb this disadvantage, Todos Juntos and the Sandy Public Library are partnering for the second year to hold a school supply drive. Starting Aug. 1, four different local businesses began taking donations of everything students need, from crayons and pencils to tissues and backpacks.

"I've been working in Sandy Grade School for years," said April Dobson, family resource coordinator with Todos Juntos. "Education is important and when children don't have the right supplies, they can't work toward their true potential and they feel embarrassed. For families, food and clothing have to be the top priority, so sometimes school supplies just aren't affordable."

Throughout the month of August, those interested in donating supplies can drop-off contributions at:

  • Safeway, 37601 Highway 26, Sandy

  • Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd., Sandy

  • Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., Sandy

  • Fred Meyer, 16625 S.E. 362nd Drive, Sandy

    "This drive helps make school supplies one less thing that teachers and students don't have to be stressed out about," Dobson noted. "It's a piece the community can help out with."

    Needed items include:

  • Ticonderoga pencils No. 2

  • Colored pencils (12 or 24 pack)

  • Crayons (24 pack Crayola)

  • Markers (Crayola broad line and/or fine tip)

  • Yellow highlighters

  • Dry erase markers (expo)

  • Colored pencils (12 pack)

  • Sharpie markers (fine and regular)

  • Glue sticks (Avery or Elmer's)

  • Watercolors (Prang or Crayola)

  • Erasers (Pink Pearl)

  • Composition notebooks

  • Spiral notebooks

  • Binder (3-ring, 1- or 1.5-inch with pockets)

  • Notebook dividers (5 tab)

  • Backpacks

  • Facial tissue (Kleenex)

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Sticky notes

    "I'm excited to see where this goes and what it does so we'll better know what to do next year," Dobson said.

    For more information, contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call the library at 503-668-5537 or email April Dobson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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