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Publix school supply drive to assist Gwinnett students
Publix school supply drive to assist Gwinnett students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix. "All school supplies are needed, especially notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, folders, spiral notebooks and rulers."

Gwinnett County is among 21 Metro Atlanta school systems that are participating in this year's campaign.

"Currently, almost 200,000 children live in poverty in United Way's service area, and many of their parents cannot afford basic supplies for educational success," said Milton J. Little, Jr., president of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. "Together, we can lend a hand and send students off to school ready to learn -- ready to succeed."

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