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Sunday May 29th, 2016 1:40PM

United Way Adopt-A-Backpack program up and running

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - The United Way of Hall County Young Leaders Society (YLS) has coordinated the Adopt-A-Backpack program this year to coincide with the annual Publix Super Markets and UWHC partnership, School Tools for Cool Kids school supply drive.

School supplies collected will be delivered to the guidance counselors in every school in the Gainesville City and Hall County School systems. School Counselors are able to identify students with the greatest need to receive donated backpacks and supplies.

There are three ways to participate:

· You can either "Adopt" a backpack by contacting United Way and requesting a tag with a list of school supplies needed for the year and fill your own backpack to drop off at the United Way office by August 8th.
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· You can "Fund" a backpack by making a donation for a pre-stuffed backpack to donate to United Way. $10 for an elementary school student backpack, $15 for a middle school student backpack, and $20 for a high school student backpack. These backpacks will be available to fund across the community and will be delivered to schools before the start of the school year
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· You can make a donation at any local Publix Super Market to School Tools for Cool Kids and supplies will be deliverd to United Way to distribute to local schools.

Adopt-A-Backpack donation sites:

*Community Bank and Trust, Hall County Branches
*Hamilton State Bank
*The Crystal Plate
*United Community Bank, Hall County Branches
*United Way of Hall County
*Wells Fargo, Jesse Jewell Parkway Branch
*Wells Fargo Advisors on Spring Street

Young Leaders Society will be delivering backpacks to every school in the two school systesm before school begins. An additional delivery of supplies will be made to all schools following completion of the Publix Super Markets School Tools for Cool Kids school supply drive on August 14.

If you would like to "Adopt" a backpack, "Fund" a backpack or just have additional questions, please contact Joy Griffin at jgriffin@unitedwayhallcounty.org or call 678-989-5333.
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