Shepherd of the Hills back to school drive

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Shepherd of the Hills in St. Olaf, a cooperative ministry of the Northeast Iowa Lutheran Synod, has announced its annual collection of back-to-school items for Clayton County children.

Remember the excitement of getting ready to head back to school as a child? Some children do not look forward to this time, as their family may not be able to purchase those “new” items.

"Last year, we were able to pack 152 backpacks for those families in need," said Heather Hageman,  Shepherd of the Hills coordinator. 

Anyone wishing to donate to this great project can bring new school supplies to Shepherd of the Hills, 100 W Hill St., St. Olaf by Aug. 5.  

Monetary donations are also welcome and can be sent to P.O. Box 36, St. Olaf, IA 52072. 

Shepherd of the Hills will use money to purchase any items not donated. Any questions may be directed to or by phoning the office at 563-783-2409. 

Common items

Back to school items include: 

• Crayons, colored pencils, dry erase markers, permanent markers, highlighters, washable markers (thin and wide) 

• Scissors

• Pens, pencils,  pencil sharpeners, erasers, pencil box 

• Assorted color 2-pocket folders, 1/2 in. - 1 in. or 1½ in.  3-ring binders (floppy  and firm)

• loose leaf paper, notebooks (wide and narrow rule), composition notebooks, 3x5 index cards, • Kleenex

• Head phones or ear buds

• Scientific calculators

• USB flash drives

"Thank you again for your donations to this great project to help our school children right here in Clayton County," said Hageman.

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