Drive collects school supplies for kids in need

Posted at 7:19 PM, Aug 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-14 21:19:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Phoenix Utah Campus teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of South Valley to collect school supplies for kids who can't afford them.

Thanks to donations from the public, more than 2,500 students will get the school supplies they need but can't afford.

"This is the kind of tradition where the families start to gather school supplies and just imagine if your kids didn't have pencils, erasers, paper or a ba backpack to go back to school," said Darris Howe, Vice President, University of Phoenix Utah Campus.

Organizers say the donated supplies help kids succeed in school.

"We want these kids to not only graduate from high school, we want them to go onto college or trade school and this is a great partenership and a great way to start that," said Bob Dunn, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club South Valley. "A number of our kids are low income families and so a lot of kids will be going out to buy school supplies but our families don't have that because of economic circumstances."

School supplies can be dropped off at the University of Phoenix Utah Campus or online at