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'Backpack to the Future' school supply drive

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Owens and Community Partners Assist Area Children

With School Supply Drive, July 17 - Aug. 17

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Owens Community College's Alumni Association in collaboration with Books-A-Million Inc., nine Directions Credit Union branches, three Great Lakes Credit Union branches and five Genoa Bank branches are reaching out to area children in need of school supplies by holding a month-long "Backpack to the Future" School Supply Drive beginning Tuesday, July 17. Collected items will benefit low-income kindergarten-age school children throughout Northwest Ohio.

The "Backpack to the Future" School Supply Drive will occur at:

the Books-A-Million bookstores (2105 Levis Commons Blvd.)

The Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg and (1800 Tiffin Ave.)

in the Findlay Village Mall in Findlay

Directions Credit Union branches: (5121 Whiteford Rd.) in Sylvania, (3000 Tremainsville Rd.) in Toledo, (3321 Briarfield Blvd.) in Maumee, (4150 Brockway Dr.) in Perrysburg, (3312 Dustin Rd.) in Oregon, (2533 S. Reynolds Rd.) in Toledo, (3450 Central Ave. Suite 128) in Toledo, (27427 Crossroads Pkwy.) in Rossford and (1 Owens Corning Pkwy.) in Toledo

Great Lakes Credit Union branches: (5823 Monroe St.) in Sylvania, (580 Craig Dr.) in Perrysburg and (1890 N. Wilkenson Way) at the O-I Plaza in Perrysburg

Genoa Bank branches: (801 Main St.) in Genoa, (3201 Navarre Ave.) in Oregon, (703 Conant St.) in Maumee, (24950 W. State Route 51) in Millbury and (9920 Old U.S. 20) in Rossford.

The 19 community locations expand the College's educational initiative for individuals to drop off their donations. Among the charitable items that will be accepted as part of the school supply drive are gently-used or new backpacks, crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues.

According to Kaye Koevenig, Owens Alumni Association Community Service Chair, the Northwest Ohio community's initial response toward the "Backpack to the Future" Supply Drive has been very positive.

"Owens' 'Backpack to the Future' school supply drive initiative has expanded efforts thanks to the support of Books-A-Million, Directions Credit Union, Genoa Bank and Great Lakes Credit Union," she stated. "I encourage area residents to lend a helping hand to those children who are in need of school supplies."

Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given 2,356 backpacks and 42,661 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.