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Helping kids get back to school in Portage

2013-07-31T00:00:00Z Helping kids get back to school in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Here we are, the last day in July and already thoughts are turning to back to school. Portage Township Schools registration is already a wrap and in the books for this school year. Now for me and mine, we just became empty-nesters. No more kiddies to get off to school in the morning. But for many parents, the back to school expense begins.

Just want to give you an idea on how you can help struggling parents or how you can get your hands on some free school supplies for the kids.

First of all, I want to let everyone know that the “Drive is On.” Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy’s school supply drive that is. There are two ways you can help this important service to the community’s kindergarten through 12 kids. You can donate supplies from the list you can find on his Facebook page, Portage Township Trustee-Brendan Clancy, or you can make a monetary donation and the Portage Township Trustee staff will do the shopping for you. All checks should be made to Walmart and you can drop them off or send them to the office at 3484 Airport Road, just east of Portage High School. One hundred percent of all donations will benefit Portage Township students. For more information, please call 219-762-1623.

Now if you are out and about this Saturday in Portage and you would like some help with the big expense of school supplies, you can check these two businesses out.

Certainly, when I can help get the word about people or businesses giving back to the community, I’m on it. The 24-hour Walgreen’s in Portage does this every year to help take the financial sting and worry out of “back to school days”.

The store at the corner of Central Avenue and Willowcreek Road is having a “Back to School” Day this Saturday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have the Portage Police Department there with safety instructions and fingerprinting for all the kids. For those kids that attend and are fingerprinted, each will receive a bag of school supplies and free hotdog, chips and soda while supplies last. The Portage Fire Department will also be there with more safety tips and their equipment to peruse. There will be a raffle for a girl’s and boy’s backpack filled with more school supplies and a $50 Kohl’s gift card.

Walgreen’s has always felt that our children are our future and one way of protecting them is fingerprinting them. They want to keep them safe not only when they are playing, but when they are on their way to school and after school activities.

The Portage Kiwanis Club will also be there with games and prizes for the kids because “they’re all about the kids in Portage Township.”

For more information on this great event, call (219) 762-5531.

I also know that staff at The Cellular Connection at 6054 Central Avenue is giving away backpacks filled with pencils, paper, pencil box, folders, glue and more to those that come between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and are on a first come, first serve basis. The store will donate 100 to 150 backpacks through the ”School Rocks Backpack Giveaway,” which is one of the largest national backpack giveaways.

Great things are happening for our Portage Township students and they rock!

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