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Windstream hosts local school supply drive

Windstream, a provider of advanced network communications, announced a local back-to-school supply donation drive taking place through Aug. 17.

The community can donate new school supplies and other classroom materials by placing donations in the collection bins at the Windstream at 250 N. First St., Albemarle.

As the new school year approaches, the National Retail Federation estimates families will spend an average of $674 on needed back-to-school supplies and clothing.

“Here at Windstream we are committed to giving to local schools/organizations in need,” said Rhonda Beardsley, Albemarle retail store manager.

“This school supply drive will allow many students in our community to have access to the essential school supplies that are necessary for them to succeed in the classroom,” Beardsley added.

Students’ and teachers’ wish lists include basic school supplies, such as paper, crayons, scissors, pencils, pens, glue, markers, folders and erasers, as well as other items used in classrooms every day, such as tissues and hand sanitizer.

All donations received from the drive will be provided to The Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center.

As part of Windstream’s continued involvement in the community, anyone that goes to a retail store during the school supply drive can enter to win a Chromebook 11. A donation is not required to enter the drawing.