Backpacks for a better future

"For five years, Hamilton students have been able to start the year off prepared and ready to learn because they have the school supplies necessary to be successful," said Flanders. "We don't send home a school supplies list, because all those school supplies have been provided for us. Our teachers get together at the end of the year and put together a great list of items they would like to see in the classroom."

Since receiving the donations, Flanders said, children are able to come to the first day of school prepared, and there is no awkward time where children wait to receive school supplies from their parents.

"School supplies are expensive, and our parents have a difficult time affording all the school supplies that we really need in order to have our kids ready to learn on the first day of school," said Flanders.

The school supply "wish list" includes markers, crayons, pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, glue sticks, pencil boxes, subject folders, composition notebooks and tissues.

"When we're out buying our own school supplies for our kids to go back to school, we just want to encourage our county employees and people throughout the county to pick up a few extra things," said Savage. "They can make a real difference in a student's life and hopefully provide a great first day of school and a strong school year for kids who need a little extra help."

For a list of drop box locations and a complete list of needed supplies visit the county's website .""

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