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MSD school supply drive continues until Aug. 4

 

Christopher Andersson

CREO Dentistry employees hold up some of the school supplies they have already collected for the "Stuff the Bus" supply drive on July 20 after food bank volunteer Tom King, right, drops off a barrel for them. From left, Janice Farrand, Marion Gunnels, dentist Daniel Hwang, Cindy Fox and Justine Walker.

Local businesses and the City of Marysville will be collecting donations of school supplies for families in need for two weeks until Aug. 4.

The "Stuff the Bus" initiative began July 24.

The goal of the program is to make sure every student has the supplies necessary for the upcoming school year.

"I just can't imagine, I was always so blessed to have everything I needed for school and I want everyone to have the best opportunity to succeed," Marysville Parks Assistant Director and food bank volunteer Tara Mizell.

School supplies can be an annual burden for many families.

"Last time I bought supplies it was over $125 ... it's super expensive and if you have more than one kid you can't really do it," said Mizell.

Mizell said some families are simply unable to get all the school supplies that districts ask for.

"We have people choosing between basic necessities and being able to buy food, so we know how hard it is," she said.

"Every year we have families that there's no way they could start the school year off right," she said.

Barrels at many government buildings and businesses around Marysville are available to drop off the donations.

The red barrels are the same as the ones used to collect toys in December for the Marysville Community Food Bank's Toy Store program and the supplies drive is run by many of the same people.

This year they wanted to give a strong push for supplies.

"We've been doing it for the last several years, but we're trying to do a concentrated push for a two-week period to really get the word out this year," said Mizell.

School supply lists can be found at bit.ly/MSDSchoolSupplies.

Mizell said the biggest need items are always the expensive ones, like backpacks, binders or graphing calculators, or the common items like paper, crayons, different types of notebooks.

Supplies are planned to be given out in late August. They are given out based on need and the amount of supplies collected.

The food bank will be working with the Marysville School District to distribute them.

Mizell said she appreciates everyone who contributes to the program.

"I really appreciate everyone who helps out with this because fundamentally we want to give everyone the chance to succeed at school," she said.

Those looking to donate can go to many city buildings including Marysville City Hall at 1049 State Ave., the Parks, Culture and Recreation Department office at 6915 Armar Road, the Ken Baxter Community Center at 514 Delta Ave., or the Police Department at 1635 Grove Street.

Other organizations hosting barrels include the Marysville Fire District office at 1094 Cedar Ave., Coastal Community Bank at 319 State Ave., the Marysville School District Service Center at 4220 80th St., Heritage Bank at 1031 State Ave., CREO Dentistry at 4825 Grove St., HomeStreet Bank at 1238 State Ave. and ProAction Physical Therapy at 6618 64th St.

The Marysville Farmers Market will also collect supplies. They are at Marysville City Hall every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Families that are in need of school supplies assistance can contact the Marysville Community Food Bank at marysvillefoodbank@frontier.com or at 360-658-1054.

 

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