Penquis Kicks Off Piscataquis Region School Supply DriveJuly 05, 2009 - TRCPenquis is once again asking businesses and individuals to give the gift of school supplies to students in need for the upcoming school year. The Smart Starts for Students campaign will benefit students in the greater Piscataquis region, covering MSAD #4, MSAD #41, MSAD #46, MSAD #68, and Union #60. The campaign runs from July 1 to August 3. All types of back to school items are accepted - pens, pencils and colored pencils, crayons, erasers, rulers, markers and highlighters, glue sticks and bottles of paper glue, notebooks, loose leaf notebook paper, 3- ring binders, assignment books, pocketed folders, calculators, lunch boxes, and backpacks - which will be distributed to students in mid-August. Cash donations are also accepted. There are plenty of opportunities to donate. Drop boxes are located at the Penquis Higher Education Center, WDME and Thackery’s Office & Craft Supply. Additional drop box locations are sought for the Greenville, Dexter, Guilford, and Milo areas. Businesses are encouraged to participate in the Dress Down on Fridays in July fundraiser by collecting $2.00 from each participating employee for every Friday in the month of July that they choose to dress down. The total dollar amount should then be sent to Penquis in the form of a check. On Tuesday, July 28th, the Penquis Summer Fun Program will hold a car wash open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm at the Dover-Foxcroft Fire Station on East Main Street. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Smart Starts for Students fund drive for school supplies. Look for the Penquis van when you attend the Dover-Foxcroft Shiretown Homecoming Parade on August 1 ! The van will follow the parade route and accept donations from parade spectators. Rowell’s Garage has also provided the use of one of their buses to be parked near the downtown festival and donations will be accepted there during the day. Help us help students this year ! Businesses and individuals wishing to donate supplies or money, wiling to place a donation box at their place of business, or willing to participate in the 'Dress Down on Fridays in July" fundraiser should contact Jim Macomber at 564-7116, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.PiscataquisResources.org and click on Smart Starts for Students to print out a donation form.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.