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9th Annual School Supplies Drive Begins

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Who doesn’t love a freshly opened box of crayons, Crayolas only for me, no RoseArt or store brands for me, I want the originals. The world of imagination is at your fingertips, albeit without Dan. D, otherwise known as the color Dandelion that was replaced earlier this year with a new shade of blue. I love to shop for school supplies, alas my kids are in college or done with college and don’t enjoy a box of crayons, fresh pack of pencils and some Sharpies as much as dad does. Thanks to Jason Bruneel and Lina Anuszkiewicz, you can still enjoy that yearly ritual and maybe even pick up a nice box of crayons and a coloring book for yourself.

For the 9th straight year Jason Bruneel, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones and Lina Anuszkiewicz Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones are organizing a school supply drive for Grass Lake students. “Each year we collect numerous school supplies that are donated to the classrooms at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake” said Anuszkiewicz. “This is not an Edward Jones program or sponsored event, this is something we want to do to help the community” she added.

The supplies are collected each year at their offices, then they call the schools and local teachers to let them pick-up the supplies they need. “We box them up and they come pick them up” Anuszkiewicz said. Each year, the entire collection is gone within days.

Help a child start the school year right. While just about any school supplies are welcome, including backpacks, these are the most commonly requested items by the teachers: Pencils— #2 , preferably Ticondaroga brand, pencil top erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers, Lysol wipes, Kleenexes, masking tape, hand sanitizer- alcohol free, Scotch tape, Post-it notes, student scissors, reams of white copy paper, Ziploc bags, permanent markers (all sizes and colors)and  Band Aids.

School supplies can be dropped off through Tuesday, September 5th. The office hours are 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday.

Their location is in the Grass Lake Professional Center at 12365 E Michigan Avenue Grass Lake, MI 49240.

Questions can be directed to Lina Anuszkiewicz 517.522.6269 or

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