Here's a list of school supply drives in Pasco County:
United Way of Pasco "Stuff the Bus for Teachers": Today is the last day to participate in the drive to help lift the financial burden for local teachers who spend their own money on student and classroom supplies. The community effort will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lots of local Walmart and Publix stores. Items needed include pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, copier paper, lined paper, dry erasers/markers, hand sanitizer, spiral notebooks, first aid supplies, tissues and paper towels. For a complete list, visit unitedwaypasco.org or call (727) 845-3030.
Donations may be brought to the school buses parked at the following locations:
• Walmart at 12610 U.S. 19 in Hudson
• Walmart at 8701 U.S. 19 in Port Richey
• Walmart at 8745 State Road 54 in New Port Richey
• Walmart at 1575 Land O'Lakes Blvd. in Lutz
• Walmart at Zephyrhills: 7631 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills
• Publix at Tower Oaks Terrace, 12101 Little Road in Hudson
• Publix at Mitchell Ranch Plaza, 3100 Little Road in Trinity
• Publix at Chelsea Place, 1346 Seven Springs Blvd. in New Port Richey
• Publix at Southgate Shopping Center, 5127 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey;
• Publix at Riverwalk Crossings, 11400 Ridge Road in New Port Richey
• Publix at The Shoppes at Sunlake Centre, 18901 State Road 54 in Lutz
• Publix at Collier Commons, 2121 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes
• Publix at Hollybrook Plaza: 5400 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel;
• Publix at the Shoppes at New Tampa, 1920 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel
• Publix at Zephyr Commons, 7838 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills
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Teaming Up for Kids: The Pasco Education Foundation Inc. has partnered with local businesses to collect school supplies for students and teachers at Pasco County's public schools. Most needed are spiral notebooks, composition books, backpacks, scissors, loose leaf paper, graph paper, No. 2 pencils, highlighting markers, glue sticks, calculators, rulers, flash drives, three-prong folders, markers, crayons and printer paper. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:
• Fifth Third Bank branches from Aug. 8 to 26.
• Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union branch offices through Aug. 14.
• Ed Morse Autoplaza in Port Richey from Aug. 1 to 14. The first 500 donors in the Tampa Bay area will receive one free admission to attend "Ed Morse Day" at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Aug. 14.
• State Farm Insurance offices of Baldy Boyd (Dade City), Tim Holladay (New Port Richey), Jerry McCarthy (Lutz) and Andrea Riegler in (Zephyrhills) are accepting donations through Aug. 26.
• The Pasco Education Foundation is accepting donations through Aug. 19 at its office located in Building No. 4 at the School Board of Pasco County district offices on U.S. 41 in Land O'Lakes.
Visit pascoeducationfoundation.org for more information.
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Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco School/Gulfside Regional Hospice Thrift Shoppes Supply Drive: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 15 (closed Sundays). Needed supplies include backpacks for younger and older children, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, glue sticks, markers, pencil cases, pencils and scissors. Anyone who donates gets 25 percent off a thrift store purchase.
The thrift stores are at these locations:
• 37925 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City
• 12154 U.S. 19 in Bayonet Point
• 21780 State Road 54 in Lutz
• 3601 Universal Plaza in New Port Richey
• 36504 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills.
For information, call (727) 845-5707.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters School Supply Drive: Items needed include backpacks, school supplies, clothes and shoes. Drop off points are Eye Glass World, 6844 Gall Blvd., and Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, 38550 Fifth Ave., both in Zephyrhills. For information call (813) 997-6881.
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First National Bank of Pasco "Stuff the Backpack" drive: Through Aug. 5 for local children who cannot afford the basic supplies required by their schools. Donations of backpacks, pencils, pens, glue sticks, paper, binders, rulers, calculators, hand sanitizers, scissors and crayons are welcome. Last year's effort collected more than $1,400, which the bank matched to provide $2,800 in supplies to kids in need. First National Bank locations include:
• 13315 U.S. 301 in Dade City
• 4518 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills
• 37215 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills
Branches are open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. For information, call (352) 521-0141.
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Projects of Pasco: This nonprofit gives out free school supplies to east Pasco families. Donations can be dropped in collection bins located at area stores. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made payable to "Projects of Pasco" and sent to 34304 Lodge Drive, Zephyrhills, FL 34304. During the 2010-11 school year, more than 1,400 children received a backpack filled with school supplies, though 119 had to be turned away. For information, call Anna Fulk at (813) 788-3038.
This article has been revised to remove an event at Just Kidz Preschool that has been canceled, and to correct the dates of school supply giveaways at Cobb Theatres Grove 16 and CinéBistro and Calvary Chapel Worship Center.