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Drive will collect school supplies

Each year the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center helps about 200 school-aged children get the school year started out right.

Volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said the center provides children whose families are struggling financially with back-to-school supplies. Those served range in age from kindergarten through high school.

“The goal is to heighten their self-esteem for their first day of school,” said Rabinowicz.

This year the center will hand out supplies the third week of August. Leading up to that date, the family resource center will collect school supply donations. Specifically, Rabinowicz said they need back acks, markers, crayons, folders, college- and wide-rule notebooks, pencils and tissue boxes.

Several organizations help provide the school supplies. Shepherd of the Valley Church and Dakota County Technical College both are collecting back-to-school items. The Rosemount Police Department will collect school supplies during Night to Unite events Aug.5.

For the second year in a row, there will be donated children’s clothes available for kids at the resource center as well. Led by Danielle Kniefel, a group of area teenagers has led a drive to provide clothes for children at the family resource center.

Lastly, Dakota County Public Health will provide free dental screening and fluoride treatments.

Overall, Rabinowicz said the goal of the event is to prepare kids to have successful school year.

Rabinowicz said the Rosemount Family Resource Center will accept donations from individuals as well. School supplies can be dropped off at the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center, 14521 Cimarron Ave.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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