GAITHERSBURG — Throughout the month of August, the Gaithersburg Education Enrichment Committee is seeking donations of school supplies to help area students in the coming academic year.
The school supplies drive is being held in partnership with the Gaithersburg Youth Club, Student Union, and area businesses. The items educators have identified as most needed include pens and pencils, composition books, two-inch binders, glue sticks, and hand soap and sanitizer. Donations may be dropped off at the Olde Towne Youth Center, 301 Teachers Way in Gaithersburg, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays; or at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Avenue, on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., and Sundays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. All of the donated supplies will be made available to school staff at Gaithersburg’s annual Principal/Counselor/PTA Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 27.
“This is an excellent, and very thoughtful initiative, led by our Educational Enrichment Committee and our Community Services staff,” said Mayor Jud Ashman, who served as president of the Brown Station Elementary School PTA before being elected to public office. “We, as a city, have a proud tradition of supporting our school communities in as many ways as we can. This school supply drive will help provide students in need with some of the basic tools. We’re truly proud of this effort.”
“We have received considerable donations in previous years, but we are always looking for more,” said Maura Dinwiddie, Program Director at the Olde Towne Youth Center. “Last year we were able to provide 30 of our Gaithersburg area schools with something.”
For more information, contact the Olde Towne Youth Center at 301-258-6440 or email email@example.com.