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Beginning July 27 through August 14 the Coppell Rotary Club, Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Coppell Fire Department, Frost Bank, Market Street and the Coppell Family YMCA are teaming up to hold the sixth annual school supply drive for Coppell ISD children who need a little extra help with school supplies. “The Coppell Rotary Club has held a back to school supply drive for six years,” said Maureen Corcoran, Rotary Community Service Chair. “In the past, we have had great support from the Coppell Fire Department, Frost Bank and the Coppell Family YMCA who have provided drop-off locations for the supplies. This year, representatives from multiple organizations, including Coppell ISD, the City of Coppell, the Coppell Chamber of Commerce and the Assistance League met to determine the exact needs of our various schools and how to make this a community-wide project,” Corcoran noted. Collection boxes will be available at the Coppell Chamber of Commerce, all three Coppell fire departments, the Coppell Library, the Coppell Family YMCA, Erb Family Wellness, Frost Bank, Market Street, and Orange Therapy.

Each Coppell ISD school was poled in the spring of 2015 to determine what supplies were needed for the next school year. “We are finding that the supply demands of our learners are changing,” noted CISD Counselor Andrea George. “There is always a need for things like pens, glue sticks and erasers, but there is also a need for tissues and thumb drives, items that may not always come to mind when shopping for school supplies,” George stated.

Supplies are being collected for all grade levels. The school supply list determined by the CISD schools includes: five-tap dividers, backpacks, black Sharpies, boxed Kleenex tissues, Clorox wipes, colored pencils, composition books, dry erase markers, ear buds, erasers, fine tip washable markers, folders with pockets, glue sticks, lunch boxes, mechanical pencils, wide-ruled notebook paper, college ruled notebook paper, pens, planners/agendas, plastic folders with brads, printer paper, scissors, Scotch tape, spiral notebooks, thick tip highlighters, tri-boards, white poster boards, wooden #2 pencils, zippered plastic bags in both the gallon and quart size, zippered bags to contain supplies, zipper binders. The school supply list can be found by visiting www.coppellrotary.org.

“Those interested in making a monetary contribution, a tax deductible gift, can be done by making their checks out to CCDF, which stands for Coppell Community Development Foundation, and mail or deliver checks to the Coppell Chamber of Commerce: 509 W. Bethel Road, Suite 200,” noted Corcoran.

Families needing assistance with school supplies are asked to contact their school’s counselor. 

For additional information, contact Gayle Westapher at 972-393-5121, ext. 204.