By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — With the summer half over and the back-to-school season approaching, local businesses and organizations are collecting school supplies for students.
The Jack Demmer Automotive Group is hosting its own school supplies drive to benefit students in the Wayne, Westland and Dearborn public schools.
Suggested items include yellow highlighters, colored pencils, colored markers, boxes of crayons, pencil sharpers, pencil boxes, pencils, scissors, transparent tape, and pencil top erasers.
Wide rule loose-leaf paper and notebooks; white glue; sticky notes; blue, red and black ballpoint pens; two-pocket folders; glue sticks; and blue and black thin dry erase markers also are listed.
Supplies and monetary donations collected will aid local families who cannot afford school supplies for their children.
All items can be dropped off at Jack Demmer Lincoln, 21531 Michigan Ave., and Jack Demmer Collision, 14641 Prospect — both in Dearborn — and Jack Demmer Ford, 37300 Michigan Ave. in Wayne.
In Dearborn Heights, the Salvation Army will sponsor its annual “Tools for Schools” campaign also benefiting students within the area.
The Dearborn Heights Salvation Army Citadel serves the communities of Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Livonia and Redford.
Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Heights and Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights also will be involved in the campaign.
Pencils, crayons, colored markers, back packs, and notebooks can be donated to Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George; John F. Kennedy Jr. Library, 24602 Van Born; and the Berwyn Senior Center, 26155 Richardson; from Aug. 15 to Sept. 30.
“This year, winter coats will also be available to students, along with the school supplies,” Heights Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton said. “Our residents can help children in our schools by giving them the tools they need to succeed. By donating school supplies, you can help support teachers and students in our community.”
For more information, make a donation, or host a collection site, call Hicks-Clayton at 313-348-9848.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)