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Kroger stores hold school supply drive

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Kroger is holding a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores.

“We are very excited to be able to support our schools in this way,” said Melissa Eads, public relations manager for the Kroger Nashville Division. “Every year teachers are forced to dip into their own pockets to buy classroom supplies for students with the greatest need. We hope to collect enough supplies to where that won’t be necessary this year.”

Most needed items include crayons, dry erase markers, erasers, pencils, pens, rulers, glue, scissors, binders, hand sanitizer and notebook paper. Items collected in Davidson County stores will be donated to LP Pencil Box. Pencil Box is a free school supply store for educators that provides learning materials and supplies for impoverished students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Supplies collected in Kroger stores outside of Davidson County will be donated to select schools in each store’s neighborhood.

Kroger is one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains. The company operates close to 60 stores in Middle Tennessee. Kindergarten-12th grade education is a key focus area of giving for Kroger. Through the gift card fundraising program that is available for K-12 accredited schools, over $1 million was awarded during the last school year in Middle Tennessee.

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