American Legion Auxiliary to hold annual school supply collection

The American Legion Auxiliary of Gorham Unit 82 will be holding its seventh annual school supply collection on Sept. 2, 3 and 4.

A collection container will be available at 6 Church St. in Gorham, located across from Holy Family Church and the First Congregational Church from 8 a.m. until noon on the listed dates.

Needed items would be pencils, pens, rulers, erasers, one-subject notebooks, tissues, crayons, colored markers, highlighters, backpacks, project boards, construction paper, craft supplies, index cards and disinfectant wipes.

Items are sorted according to age and distributed to the Gorham Learning Center, the Ed Fenn Elementary School and the Gorham Middle School. These supplies are then distributed to the students by school officials on an as needed basis. Due to community effort and American Legion Auxiliary members over 700 items were collected and distributed to local students in need in 2016.

The American Legion Auxiliary Give 10 to Education Program is just one element in the education program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion Auxiliary goal is to promote quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion and support of education beyond high school, especially for military children has been long standing, helping students throughout the nation to prepare for their educational needs.

Contact Linda Dupont, educational chair for American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 82 with any questions or to arrange for pickup of supplies at (603) 723-3907. All donations are accepted and provided to local children.