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Bank with Blawnox branch collecting school supplies

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Students celebrate receiving supplies from The Education Partnetship.
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Collections for The Education Partnership will be held at Allegheny Valley Bank locations this month.

Allegheny Valley Bank is holding a school supplies collection to support Pittsburgh-based nonprofit The Education Partnership.

For the 2013-14 school year, it will help 24 schools in the area serving about 7,500 students, said Amanda McQuillan, community engagement coordinator for The Education Partnership.

Those numbers have grown steadily in the last several years.

The organization runs a facility where teachers can “shop” for needed supplies at no cost to them three times a year. Schools where at least 70 percent of students participate in the federal free lunch program are eligible to apply each spring for the following school year.

The organization has worked with the bank for four years.

McQuillan said the organization is working with 750 teachers this school year.

“We're bridging the gap between what students have and what they need in the classroom to be successful,” McQuillan said.

This year, the organization has a specific need for crayons, markers and colored pencils, said Marsha Posset, director of marketing for Allegheny Valley Bank.

Items including notebooks, binders and other supplies can be dropped off. Monetary donations also are accepted.

Posset said collections have been successful in the past.

“We have a very generous customer base. They really excel at bringing in the supplies,” Posset said.

McQuillan said the organization hopes to continue to grow and serve more children.

The local Allegheny Valley Bank branch is at 201 Freeport Road, Blawnox.

Collections continue through Sept. 28. For more information on The Education Partnership, see www.theeducationpartnership.org.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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