United Way of the Illinois Valley is collecting school supplies for its HUSKY (Helping Underprivileged School Kids Year-round) program.
Volunteer Steve Siska said people wishing to donate are encouraged to remember the “Three P’s” — Paper, Pens and Pencils.
“That’s a really good start for a student to have,” Siska said.
Items can be dropped off loose or packed in a new backpack.
TheUnited Wayalso provides USB drives, scissors, crayons, calculators and more to 31 area schools extending from Lostant to Earlville and up to Spring Valley. The program will spend about $12,000 on school supplies this year, up from $10,000 last year.
“We’ve been very fortunate,” Siska said. “We’ve had some additional donors help us out this year and because of that we’re able to spend a little more.”
Donations of school supplies can be dropped off weekdays before 3 p.m. at theUnited Wayoffice on U.S. 6 in Peru at the La Salle-Peru boundary line or Northwest School in La Salle. The deadline for this year’s drive is Friday, Aug. 2. Participating schools will be able to collect the donations on Wednesday, Aug. 7 to distribute among their students as they choose.
The schools served by the HUSKY program educate more than 10,000 students, according to Siska, and almost 50 percent of them are from low-income families.
The HUSKY program has been providing school supplies for area students more than 10 years. In addition to Siska, this year’s program is being coordinated byUnited Waymember Daryk Brayton and directors Coral Albers and Julie Sloan.
Amy Flanery can be reached at (815) 220-6975 or email@example.com.