25 Drive: Communities In Schools of Mid-America Continues 25th Anniversary Celebrations Hosting School Supply Drives

Lawrence, KS – Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America celebrates its 25th year helping students overcome their barriers and reach their goals by hosting a 25 Drive event on October 17 at Broken Arrow Park. As part of its continued support to students, families, and schools, 25 Drive is a series of school supply drives beginning this October across Kansas.

This event, set for 9 a.m. – noon, October 17 at Broken Arrow Park (31st & Louisiana Streets), is a collaboration between CIS of Mid-America and the City of Lawrence Parks & Recreation.  “The focus of 25 Drive is to resupply high demand items needed in schools – useful items for students’ safety, preparedness, and encouragement because this has been a challenging start to the school year for students, families, and teachers,” said Jessica Peña, CIS of Mid-America Development & Events Manager. “We know supplies in some areas are already low.” 

Priority items for this drive are: personal protection items, dry erase markers, water bottles, glue sticks, and personal hygiene items.  Any school supply item will be accepted.  Safe distancing and CDC guidelines will be followed at this event as participants will remain in their vehicles and drop off items in a drive-through manner.

Lawrence Public Schools officially begins a hybrid model with the opportunity for students to return to in-person learning on October 19th. As students transition between learning models this year, the need for school supplies will be greater. The Kansas Volunteer Commission is helping make this event possible with a mini-grant to provide proper safety measures and materials for volunteers and donors. If you cannot attend an in-person event, please visit cismidamerica.org for ways to donate items online.

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About Communities In Schools of Mid-America

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America is part of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids – regardless of the challenges they may face – have what they need to realize their potential. The CIS of Mid-America network, with its main office in Lawrence, KS, currently provides services in more than 60 schools to approximately 35,000 students each year by placing individuals directly inside the schools to work with students.