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‘Tools for Schools’ helps area students

Demopolis City Schools superintendent Dr. Al Griffin (left) and Regions Bank branch manager Mike Evans show how easy it is to make a donation to “Tools for Schools,” a Regions Bank program that helps provide local students with the necessary supplies. -- Tiffany Cannon/The Demopolis Times

Regions Bank of Demopolis kicked off its annual school supply drive, Tools for Schools, on Friday morning.
Last year, the event raised several bags of school supplies for deserving students and schools, Regions’ Demopolis branch manager Mike Evans said.
“The Tools for Schools supply drive will help provide much-needed items for many children whose families can’t afford to purchase them here in the area,” he said. “We are hoping to collect enough items to give to at least every school in the city.”
Donations can range from schools supplies such as paper, pencils and glue to classroom items and monetary donations.
The Demopolis Times is pleased to partner with Regions Bank in this effort and will serve as a dropoff location for the drive.  Also monetary donations can be made to the Tools for Schools account at Regions or placed in the buses sat out on the each teller’s window.
In donating an item for Tools for Schools, you also will be eligible to enter into a drawing for a Regions Bank “Life Green” bicycle.
“Everyone has seen the commercials on television with the green bicycle,” Evans said.  “We were fortunate to receive one to give away as part of our Tools for Schools supply drive.  The bicycle is identical to the one seen on television and a helmet and bell will also be included.  Everyone is eligible to enter.”
The drawing for the bicycle will be held Friday, August 13 at 4 p.m. at Regions Bank and you do not have to be present to win. This is also the final day you can turn in supplies for Tools for Schools.
“A little extra can go a long way,” Demopolis City Superintendent, Al Griffin said.
Griffin thanked everyone for their efforts on behalf of the Demopolis City Schools in the Tools for Schools supply drive and followed up with a donation of his own.
“I am personally giving something to help our kids and this program,” he said.  “This is a great program and I hope that it continues and programs like it.  These items are needed in the schools and will definitely be used during the 2010-2011 school year.”
Evans encourages parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends and neighbors to pick up extra items when buying school supplies and donate them to children in need.