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Tools 4 Schools School Supply Drive Kicks Off
 Tools 4 Schools School Supply Drive Kicks Off

St. Augustine, Fla.—The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SCJEF) will begin its two and a half week long school supply donation drive today, August 1, as a part of its annual Tools 4 Schools program. The drive will run until the 17th of August with public and internal donation sites located at select businesses in the area.


Tools 4 Schools is an annual school supply drive that aims to offset teachers’ classroom costs.  During these next few weeks, the public is welcomed to donate new school supplies through the use of collection bins around St. Johns County and neighboring areas. Monetary donations are also accepted, which will be used to purchase additional school supply items. Then, during the Tools 4 Schools event on August 31st at Pacetti Bay Middle School, the donations are offered to the educators of the School District to use in their classrooms during the academic year. 


“Tools 4 Schools is the only county-wide school supply drive in the area that directly benefits teachers and students of the St. Johns County School District. We are thankful to have such an extraordinary and dedicated team that is working to ensure this program’s success,” said Donna Lueders, the Executive Director of the SJCEF.


Numerous businesses around the county and neighboring areas are serving as drop-off locations for the school supplies.  These donations will go to all K-12 grades and subjects, as well as the schools’ clinics that currently receive no state funding.


The SJCEF asked these companies to participate in a friendly internal competition to generate support for this program.  Depending on the size of the business and whether its donation bins are public, the SJCEF will honor the top donation sites for their philanthropy.


Tools 4 Schools was also entered in the Community First Credit Union of Jacksonville’s “Investing In You” contest and won the latest round.  The entry was placed on Community First’s Facebook page, and the public was invited to “like” the entries they supported the most.  Tools 4 Schools earned over 230 votes and was awarded $1000 to contribute to the purchasing of school supplies.


 “We are so thankful for the grant, but the real winners of this drive are the students and teachers who will receive the school supplies. This money will really help provide them with the ‘tools’ they need to reach their full potential in the classroom,” said Alaina Cordes, Integrated Marketing Specialist for the SJCEF.


For more information about Tools 4 Schools, a full list of the drop-off locations and a suggested supply list, please visit the SJCEF’s website at, the Facebook event page (search St. Johns County Education Foundation and “Tools 4 Schools” under the “Events” link) or call the Executive Director of SJCEF, Donna Lueders, at (904) 547-7120.



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