Action Center school supply event approaches in August

Distribution will be ‘a great opportunity’ for students, community members

Posted 7/24/19

Jefferson County residents, district students and Colorado families in need have all been invited to the Action Center’s School Supply Distribution event. Families will receive school supplies …

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Action Center school supply event approaches in August

Distribution will be ‘a great opportunity’ for students, community members

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Jefferson County residents, district students and Colorado families in need have all been invited to the Action Center’s School Supply Distribution event.

Families will receive school supplies including notebooks, crayons and pencils at the event, which will take place at Stevens Elementary School, 7101 W. 38th Ave. The distribution will run from 10 a.m. to three p.m. Aug. 5 through 10. In keeping with tradition, Superintendent Jason Glass will join the event on Aug. 6.

“So many Jeffco families depend on the Action Center, and the value of seeing the kids’ faces light up as they pick up their supplies is immeasurable,” Glass said. “We are so grateful for the support from the Action Center.”

The Action Center has asked families to arrive on specific days based on the first letter of their last names, with a schedule online at the actioncenter.org. Friday and Saturday will be open to any families.

To receive supplies, individuals should bring a photo ID, proof that they live in Jefferson County or that the student attends a district school and a document proving the student’s age. The center will also provide school supplies to those experiencing homelessness, regardless of whether the student attends a district school, said communications coordinator Tawney Eisenbraun.

The Action Center accepts school supply donations year-round and is still taking donations for the August event, she said.

“Our biggest need is always character backpacks, like the `Frozen’ and `Avengers’ backpacks,” she said. “We also need colored pencils, pens and markers.”

She added that the center posts updated lists of needed supplies on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Donors can bring supplies to the Action Center, 8755 W. 14th Ave., or send supplies to the center by placing an order on the Roonga site.

Eisenbraun said the event will provide students the tools they need for school and provide the community a chance to learn more about their neighbors.

“A lot of people are under the misconception that there aren’t a lot of low-income students here in Jefferson County,” she said.

However, the center expects to provide supplies to nearly 5,000 low-income or homeless students, according to the center’s press release.

“It’s really a great opportunity,” she said, “not only for the superintendent, but for the public to see the different kinds of Jeffco students we serve.”

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