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Story County "Blast Back to School" Drive


Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Press Releases

The Story County Blast Back to School fair is an engaging, energetic event for Story County children entering grades Kindergarten through 12. Each child will receive basic school supplies and backpacks while supplies last, to help them start their 2017-18 school year. Our goal is to build relationships and make connections. In addition, local providers will be here offering free health, vision and dental screenings required for certain grades or for participating in sports.

It takes about $100 worth of supplies for each child, and by encouraging donations, children can be equipped with school necessities. This event is a community effort coordinated by the Boys and Girls Club of Story County, Volunteer Center of Story County, Primary Health Care, Ames Community School District, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. and community volunteers.

First National Bank will be accepting donations for the 3rd Annual Story County "Blast Back to School" Fair at all of their Ames Offices.

Donations Accepted:

  • School Supply Box                                                         
  • Pencil Pouch                                                                     
  • 24 packs of Crayola Crayons                                             
  • Elmer's Bottles of Glue                                                     
  • Elmer's Large Glue Sticks                                           
  • 8-pack, Classic Crayola Markers Broad-Tip Markers          
  • Fiskar Round-Tip Scissors                                            
  • Scissors                                                                            
  • #2 Pencils                                                                    
  • 12-pack of Crayola Colored Pencils                            
  • Black Pens                                                                   
  • Red Pens                                                                     
  • Blue Pens                                                                   
  • Black Sharpie Markers                                                    
  • Highlighters                                                                   
  • Large Pink Erasers                                                             
  • 100-ct, Wide-Ruled Loose Leaf Paper                           
  • 100-ct, College-Ruled Loose Leaf Paper                            
  • College Ruled Notebooks                                           
  • Composition Books                                                   
  • 2-Pocket Folders with Prongs                                           
  • 1-1/2" 3-Ring Binders                                                   
  • 5-tab, 3-Ring Binder Dividers                                             
  • 3"x3" Post-It Notes                                                           
  • Rulers                                                                            
  • 100-ct, 3-in x 5-in Lined Index Cards
  • Monetary Donations                       
Blast Back to School Event

The 3rd Annual Story County Blast Back to School Fair will be on Friday, August 11, 2017.  Over 700 youth and their families are expected to participate and receive basic school supplies, as well as the necessary health, vision and dental screenings on this day.  

Here are the key details of our event:

  • When: August 11th from 2-6pm.
  • Where: Ames Middle School / 3915 Mortensen Rd / Ames, IA 50014
  • Who: For all kids in need in Story County
  • What: Each child will receive basic school supplies and backpacks (while supplies last) to help them start the year. We are also providing free health, dental and vision screenings. A variety of community groups will be on site to foster a celebratory and supportive atmosphere.

Click here for more information on the event.

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