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Bartow Chamber kicking off school supply drive
Bartow Chamber kicking off school supply drive

Bartow, FL -- The Bartow Chamber Young Professionals will kick off "Stuff the Bus" this week, collecting donations for Polk County students in need.

The month-long campaign, according to the Chamber's website, will begin with a CYP luncheon on Thursday, July 21, at the Bartow Civic Center.

Anyone may donate to the drive by bringing donations to the Bartow Chamber of Commerce until August 19.

The items most needed this time of year, they say, are school supplies including backpacks, zip binders, paper, 3-prong folders, spiral notebooks and calculators (scientific and graphing).

In addition, school uniforms, gift cards for food, medical and dental services, as well as hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, deoderant, hair brushes and feminine products are always in need.

The need remains great.

Accoring to the Chamber's statistics, the average age of a homeless person in the America is 9 years old.

In Florida, 49,117 students were identified as living in a homeless situation during the 2009-2010 school year, with the majority identified as elementary students.

Thirty-one Polk County students were identified as living in a car or on the streets in 2009-2010.

The kick-off event is scheduled for July 21, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce located at 510 N. Broadway Ave in Bartow.

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