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Posted August 13, 2013

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School Supplies Drive Nets 150,000 Items

Students in need will receive vouchers from their schools to visit the new APS school supplies barn.

Nearly a dozen businesses filled two buses with school supplies last week during a supplies drive organized by the Corporate Volunteer Council. An estimated 150,000 items were collected and will go to thousands of students in Albuquerque Public Schools.

The supplies are being stored in the district’s new school supplies barn. School counselors will provide students in need with vouchers that they can use to visit the barn and pick up their supplies. The school supplies barn is not open to the public.

A leadership class at the University of New Mexico helped set up the barn as a service-learning project. Students painted the storage area, assembled shelves and organized the first wave of supplies. It’s expected that 6,000 students could pass through the doors during the fall semester, according to Sonja Martens, volunteer and community support manager for APS.

“For the first time, we’ll be able to track how many students we serve,” Martens said.

UNM also helped with distribution of school supplies at its football stadium earlier this month. Families of 2,000 students received supplies at the annual event. UNM student-athletes handed out supplies and signed autographs, putting smiles on kids’ faces while helping them get ready for the new school year.

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