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School supply drive Thursday uptown

Classroom Central is taking its request for school supplies to the workers of uptown Charlotte.

A first-ever office supply drive is scheduled Thursday at Trade and Tryon streets, with Center City workers asked to donate what they can.

Classroom Central provides school supplies to students and teachers at low-income schools across Mecklenburg and nearby counties. This is the first time the organization has gone uptown with its request.

Workers and companies in the uptown area are asked to donate supplies such as pens, pencils, copy paper, Post-It notes, binders and outdated logo items. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bus will be parked at Disk Plaza, next to the Bank of America Plaza at Trade and Tryon.

The collection is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A number of community leaders will gather from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to help make the push for donations. They will include CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison, Charlotte mayor pro tem Patrick Cannon, Charlotte Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith, Wells Fargo executive T.J. Hooper, and Classroom Central executive director Jill Dineen.

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