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School Supplies for Children

Six area Kiwanis Clubs are collecting school supplies for children in Afghanistan. "What they need is they need paper, pencils, crayons. They need glue, but they don't need glue sticks because they melt," said Rough Risers Kiwanis Club President Leigh Zeitz. The idea came from Army Captain Mark Bromwich. He's stationed in Afghanistan, helping to rebuild schools. "One of the things he found interesting is there weren't many supplies being put in schools so his wife at Price Lab schools started a collection and they sent 20 to 25 boxes of supplies," said Zeitz. Several Kiwanis Clubs decided to pick up the cause. "As they drive through the area in the humvees the kids aren't yelling give me money or give food. What they're yelling is give me a pen because what they want to do is express themselves, they want to become literate and maybe we can help a little bit," said Leitz. The school supplies don't have to be new. If your child used half have a notebook, just rip out the half that's used and give the rest for school supplies. The first shipment goes out this week. The Kiwanis Clubs plan to keep collecting for a year. "This sort of need is throughout the world and this is one place we can make a difference," said Leitz.
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