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MCESA collects backpacks for students

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One in five school age children in Maricopa County live in poverty and struggle to buy necessary school supplies. One way to ensure all Maricopa County students are ready for a successful school year is to meet this basic need.

You can support students in need by donating backpacks and other school supplies at the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show held July 18, 19, and 20th at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Donate a backpack at MCESA’s table at Gate 2 to receive two free tickets to the Home and Garden show, then proceed directly to the entrance.

MCESA collects backpacks for students MCHomeAndGardenOr donate any three of the following items and receive one free ticket to the Home Show: 4-pack of glue sticks; Pack of ballpoint pens (12/box); Box of no. 2 pencils (12/box); Box of colored pencils (12/box); Box of water-based markers (8/box); Box of crayons (16/box); 4-pack of dry erase markers; Single subject spiral-bound notebook; Package of loose-leaf notebook paper; Pocket folders; or Scotch tape.

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Persons interested in donating backpacks or school supplies who are not planning on attending the home and garden show may drop off donations at MCESA at 4041 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix.

For additional information, contact:
Director of Learning & Communication Systems
Laurie King at (602) 689-0581

Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA)
The Maricopa County Education Service Agency and its staff of expert practitioners and service-oriented professionals are dedicated to ensuring that the more than 700,000 school-age children in the county graduate college- and career-ready by building alliance partnerships to provide leadership, services and programs in the areas of Educational Innovation, Economic Management and Executive Leadership. Under the direction of the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, the agency is also statutorily responsible for approximately 160 mandates related to education in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county and home to 63 percent of all school-age children in Arizona. For more information visit