Owens Community College’s Alumni Association, in collaboration with Books-A-Million Inc. and area Directions Credit Union, Great Lakes Credit Union and Genoa Bank branches, is reaching out to area children in need of school supplies through the annual “Backpack to the Future” School Supply Drive.
The effort, which runs through Aug. 17, seeks donations of school supplies to benefit low-income kindergarten-age school children throughout Northwest Ohio.
Among the items that will be accepted as part of the school supply drive are new or gently-used backpacks, crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues.
Local collection sites include:
• GenoaBank branches at 801 Main St. in Genoa; 3201 Navarre Ave. in Oregon, 24950 W. SR 51 in Millbury and 9920 Old US 20 in Rossford.
• Directions Credit Union branches at 3312 Dustin Rd. in Oregon, 27427 Crossroads Parkway in Rossford and 4150 Brockway Dr. in Perrysburg.
• Books-A-Million book store, 2105 Levis Commons Blvd. in The Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg;
• Great Lakes Credit Union branches at 580 Craig Dr. in Perrysburg and 1890 N. Wilkenson Way at the O-I Plaza in Perrysburg.
In addition, area residents can bring their donations to the college’s Office of Alumni Relations on the Perrysburg Township campus and the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee.
According to Kaye Koevenig, Owens Alumni Association Community Service Chair, the Northwest Ohio community’s response toward the “Backpack to the Future” Supply Drive has been very positive. Since the program began in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has collected and distributed 2,356 backpacks and 42,661 school supplies to disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.