School supply drives are stocking the classroom for success

The Orcas community is doing its part to ensure that kids and teachers have all the supplies they need for a rewarding school year.

Madrona Point Insurance is holding its first annual back-to-school drive. Unopened educational supplies can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the office located at 294 A Street. The drive dates are now through Aug. 31.

“We have a lot of clients who have kids, and they are often trying to make ends meet,” said owner Michele Wiley. “We just moved out of our office and realized we had so many supplies. We started wondering how we could repurpose it.”

Suggested supplies (either new or gently used) include: paper, pencils and pens, pencil boxes, highlighters, markers and crayons, three-ring binders, sheet protectors, pocket folders, glue sticks and bottles, rulers and protractors, scissors, backpacks, tissues, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

Wiley says the items will be given to the public school, Orcas Christian School and early childhood centers – wherever there is a need.

Island Market’s second annual school supplies drive for the Orcas Island School District will be held from Aug. 1-20. Donation “tags” are available at the store in $10, $15 and $25 increments as well as a blank tag to make your own donation amount. Present your donation tag to any cashier to make a donation and return your tag with a note of encouragement and support that staff can hang up in the front of the store to show the campaign’s progress.

Last August, islanders raised $1,975 through the market’s program. The supplies – from index cards and notebooks to calculators and colored pencils – were purchased at cost and then delivered to the school. This year the goal is $5,000.