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Maui County employees collect $100,000 in school supplies

Melissa Agtunong (left) and Shirley Blackburn, co-chairs of the county’s school supply drive, stand beside crayons, pencils, notebooks and other supplies that county employees helped collect for students in July. MAUI COUNTY photo

The Maui News

Maui County employees helped collect more than $100,000 worth of materials during a school supply drive throughout the month of July.

“After a year of blended and distance learning, our keiki will finally be returning to the classroom,” said Melissa Agtunong, co-chair of the drive. “We wanted to make sure that every Maui County child has the necessary supplies to succeed in their education.”

Budget Director Michele Yoshimura suggested the drive as a way to help pandemic-weary parents prepare kids for the new school year that starts Tuesday, according to a news release from the county. Co-chairs Agtunong and Shirley Blackburn, also from the Budget Office, volunteered to coordinate the drive.

“We collected an overwhelming number of school supplies thanks to the generosity of our fellow Maui County employees,” Blackburn said. “We got everything from pencils to paper, rubber slippers to backpacks, to masks and hand sanitizer for the kids.”

Mayor Michael Victorino pointed out that “teachers often fill school supply gaps with their own money.” The donated items will be distributed to Maui Nui public schools that serve low-income households.

Parents who would like to receive school supplies donated by Maui County employees should contact their children’s school for more information.

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