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“#SchoolisCool” event seeking donations

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The 6th annual “#SchoolisCool” back to school event is scheduled for Thursday, August 1 at Harvey Hall and the Rose Garden Center. The event helps children and their parents prepare for the new school year. Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to the first 2,000 school-aged children in line.

The committee is seeking donations and sponsorships from local businesses and organizations. Contributions are needed, of both monetary and supplies donations, from the community to meet the goal of providing backpacks to those in need.

To donate, please visit the website at

Supplies needed include:

  • Glue sticks
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Facial tissues
  • Colored pencils
  • 24 count box of crayons
  • Child’s scissors
  • Ruled notebook paper
  • Spiral notebook
  • 3×5 Index cards
  • Composition notebook
  • Highlighters
  • Red pens
  • Blue pens
  • Black pens
  • #2 pencils
  • Pink erasers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Pocket folders with brads
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler

Donated supplies can be dropped off at the following Tyler Fire Stations beginning Saturday, June 1:

#1: 218 E. Elm St., #2: 5505 Old Bullard Rd., #4: 309 W. ML King Jr. Blvd., #5: 1532 S. Bennett Ave., #6: 2804 Van Hwy., #7: 344 Troup Hwy., #8: 3131 Shiloh Rd., #9: 9111 Paluxy Dr., #10: 2502 Old Omen Rd.

For more information, contact LaToya Young at (903) 592-1661 ext. 252 or

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