Salvation Army Tools for Schools program continues to help Columbia Public Schools

Monday, August 4, 2008 | 5:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA - The Salvation Army is once again teaming up with public schools in Columbia and elsewhere to provide school supplies for students.

Through the Tools for Schools program, sponsored by the Salvation Army, more than 21,000 school supplies are being distributed to 42 schools. In its fifth year, the Tools for Schools program aims to give children the materials they need for education.

For donations

To donate school supplies, contact the Salvation Army Corps Building at 1108 W. Ash St. or call 442-3229.

Phyllis Chase, Columbia Public Schools superintendent, attended a news conference at the Salvation Army's Columbia office on Monday morning to thank the group for "stepping up to the plate and supporting Columbia Public Schools and its students.".

Ruth Gardner, assistant principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, said the Tools for Schools program helped students at her school after Hurricane Katrina. "They (the students) had absolutely no supplies - barely had clothes on their backs, and we were able to supply them with everything they needed," Gardner said.

Supplies are distributed evenly across the board so all schools get the same resources. Gardner said the hot item in the past has been two-pocket folders.

Maj. K. Kendall Mathews, regional coordinator for the Salvation Army, encourages residents interested in supporting the program to buy and donate school supplies.

"I believe that this will help to continue to work together to meet the needs of our children here in Columbia and surrounding communities," he said.


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