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Originally published Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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Editorial: Give a smile in a backpack to school-aged children

Help homeless students start off the school year right by supporting The Seattle Times’ annual school supply drive.


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Readers are invited to send donations to The Seattle Times School Supply Drive, P.O. Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111. To give online, visit: seati.ms/edschoolsupplies.

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THROUGHOUT this past week and into the weekend, dozens of volunteers have graciously donated their time to help the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness bundle and stuff backpacks full of supplies for children in need.

Thanks to volunteers’ generosity, the coalition’s annual Project Cool plans to distribute backpacks to case workers next week for distribution to children before the fall. Of course, getting to this point is a year-round effort.

Project Cool continues to seek sponsors and workplace supply drive hosts, as well as toothpaste and individually wrapped toothbrushes from dentists.

Readers can do their part by donating to The Seattle Times’ school-supply drive through Labor Day. All proceeds benefit three area nonprofits, including the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.

Last year, Project Cool distributed learning tools to more than 1,300 homeless kids in King County. Over the last 24 years, the program has reached more than 23,000 students whose families are in transition, in emergency shelters or living on the streets.

Imagine what a relief it is for those children to enter the classroom on the first day of school with the same crayons and notebooks as the rest of their peers.

For those with no home to go to, school is often their only source of stability and supplies are a means to a better future.

They need our help.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Sharon Pian Chan, Lance Dickie, Jonathan Martin, Erik Smith, Thanh Tan, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).



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