News Channel 8 school supplies drive

TAMPA (WFLA) – News Channel 8 is partnering with the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) on August 18 in hosting a SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION to ensure students and teachers have the supplies they will need when they return home school. The collection of school supplies will take place at the News Channel 8 parking lot located at 200 South Parker Street in Tampa.

Volunteers will be on hand to collect supplies for its Teaching Tools Resource Center, a free store where teachers from Title 1 schools can come to purchase supplies twice per semester during the school year.

TOP 20 MOST NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES include: Backpacks, Hooded Erasers, Colored Pencils (12 units), Composition Books, Copy Paper, Pencils (24 units), Erasable Markers dry, filler paper, glue sticks, glue bottles, highlighters, index cards, large pink erasers, pencils, pens, pocket folders, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks and washable markers.

“We hope to give them a head start by providing them with the tools they will need to be successful in delivering a quality education this coming school year,” said Mark Higgins, vice president and general manager of WFLA News Channel 8 and Great 38..

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak last year, HEF had to empty its shelves and distribute more supplies than usual as students could no longer share materials. As a result, the group needs your help more than ever to achieve their goal and ensure that they have enough supplies so that each student has the right materials to be successful in the classroom.

Anyone who walks through the News Channel 8 parking lot to donate will receive promotional items from our partners as a thank you. The event is sponsored by: SimplyIOA, Spectrum Mobile, PDQ, Chick Fil A, The Tampa Bay Lightning, The Tampa Bay Rays and The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you are unable to donate supplies in person, there are several other easy opportunities to help, viewers can visit the HEF website to donate funds or purchase the necessary school supplies from his Amazon wishlist, which is sent directly to them.

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