A student tries on a backpack during a previous Owens Community College alumni Backpack to the Future drive.
The Owens Community College Alumni Association is holding its annual school supply drive to give low-income area kindergartners the tools they need to succeed.
The month-long drive to collect supplies ends Aug. 18. In September the supplies will be donated to various schools with children in need throughout Lucas and Wood counties.
The program called “Backpack to the Future” is led by the alumni association in collaboration with Books-A-Million Inc., nine Directions Credit Unions, two Great Lakes Credit Unions, and five Genoa Bank locations.
Residents can assist by stopping in area locations for the stores listed above with gently used backpacks, crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books, and tissues.
Books-A-Million is at Levis Commons; the Directions Credit Union locations are in Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Perrysburg, Oregon, Rossford; Great Lakes Credit Union locations are Sylvania and Perrysburg. The Genoa Banks accepting supplies are in Oregon, Maumee, Millbury, and Rossford.
The program began in 2004 and since then has provided 3,410 backpacks and 62,370 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.
Donations are also accepted at the College‘s Office of Alumni Relations on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township, the Education Center Atrium on the Findlay-area Campus in Findlay, and the Learning Center in Maumee.