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Help a childís back to school experience
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By Joseph Rios

The summer seems to fly by after the Fourth of July, and this year was no different. Weíre already in mid August, and that means itís time for the kids to go back to school.

The beginning of the school year can be a time to be excited if you are a child. You get to see all of your friends, and itís a fresh start. However, if youíre a parent, it can be a difficult time to prepare your child for the school year, because things can be pricey. Buying clothing alone for children is expensive, but things get even pricier when you factor in school supplies.

The National Retail Federation says parents will spend $26.5 billion on school necessities for students in grades K-12. Deloitte conducted a recent survey, and it found that parents will spend an average of about $510 on school supplies alone this year.

That cost can be difficult for any family, let alone for those who are on a tight budget. Thankfully, there are numerous school supply drives happening across the state to help those who need it.

Take 9NEWS for example. 9NEWS partnered with Volunteers of America Colorado Branch and with Larry H. Miller Dealerships to collect school supplies to distribute to 15 Colorado school districts. If you wish to donate supplies, you can do so by visiting different Larry H. Miller Dealerships including in Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Boulder, Denver and Thornton.

Integrated Family Community Services, an organization that provides basic human services to low-income people, runs a back to school supply drive until Aug. 25. The organization is asking for donations of pens, pencil sharpeners, dividers, notebooks, scientific calculators, black sharpies and dividers. To find out more information on how to donate, and to see if youíre eligible to receive supplies, visit

In the Poudre School District, the districtís partnership and volunteer office is accepting new, unused school supplies like pencils, glue sticks, folders, backpacks and notebooks. The office, located at 1630 Stover St., is accepting donations until Aug. 17. Check donations are also accepted, but the office asks to call 970-490-3517 to make sure someone is available to collect donated items before visiting the office.

Supplies arenít the only expense for school functions. Other things like field trip expenses and athletic equipment can be difficult for some families to pay for as well. The Denver Public School Foundationís A to Z Fund program provides classroom grants to cover those things, as well as other expenses like educational materials. According to the Denver Public School Foundationís website, there is a need for schools to find private sources of funding in order to enhance a childís school experience. To make an online donation visit





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