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Nadia Guevara, director of Owasso Community Resources, said her staff expects to hand out about 650 backpacks full of school supplies later this month.

That’s about the same number as last year, she said not because the need hasn’t increased, but because that was all her nonprofit agency could provide.

Families started registering for the program in June, and the staff will spend Aug. 12 distributing the supplies, she said.

“A lot of people bring their kids with them,” she said. “They’re walking out of the facility ready for school. They have their backpack on and looking through the supplies. It does get them excited about going back to school.”

The Partnership for the Availability of School Supplies program provides school supplies to students in 54 schools in the Tulsa and Union school districts.

Schools that have at least 75 percent of their students qualifying for the free or reduced price lunch program receive the supplies from PASS, a Tulsa Community Foundation program.

“It allows our parents to focus on other back to school items like uniforms or even health care,” PASS’ coordinator Andrew Morris said.

PASS provides enough supplies for every child at the start of school and midway through the school year, and the schools decide whether to distribute them to individuals or to classrooms, Morris said.

Because of the sheer volume of supplies ordered, the program starts fundraising in December.

“Over 24,000 students that’s a lot of pencils,” Morris said.

Where: Restore Hope Ministries, 2960 Charles Page Blvd. weekdays until Aug. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 16 26.

Bring: Social Security cards for parent/guardian and child, photo identification for parent, name of school and grade of student
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