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Drive launched to raise school supplies for kids in need

Having heard about other communities and the efforts to help students in need obtain school supplies to begin the year, a Prineville group has mounted a campaign to take care of local kids
Grizzly Mountain Manufacturing is sponsoring a local effort to help make sure all students get off to a good start this school year. The effort is focused on raising community awareness and support to help provide classroom essentials for needy school students.
   Led by Catherine Rensklev and Paul Thun and co-sponsored by the Human Resource Department, the drive has already begun to pay off with local contributors doling out cash and supplies toward the effort.
   After hearing about similar programs in neighboring communities, Rensklev and her co-workers rallied to coordinate the effort.
   "It's been great response so far, and we've only been at it for a few days," she said.
   Canvassing local businesses and organizations with appeals by fax and phone, folks are digging deep into their pockets all across town.
   Drop-off points include Barrs Cafe, Computers and Tutors, Les Schwab Tire Center and the Department of Human Resources located at 1495 E. 3rd St. in Prineville.
   "Barr's Cafe called me this morning saying that I need to go by there and pick up contributions because they've already gathered quite a number of supplies and cash donations, just over the weekend," she said.
   According to Rensklev about 150 needy students from across the district will benefit from the community-wide effort.
   She added that in light of local mill closings parents may be hard pressed this year when it comes to purchasing supplies for their children. Backpacks in particular will be needed for high school students.
   General supplies for donation include: crayons, Kleenex, scissors, No. 2 pencils, spiral notebooks, colored pencils, watercolor paints, glue sticks, backpacks, erasers, gallon size Ziplock bags, rulers, felt tip markers and Pee Chees.
   Supplies will be delivered to the individual schools by volunteers and the Department of Human Resources.
   For more information or to make a donation call Rensklev at 447-3630 or Jean Keller at 447-4813.