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Group seeks scissors rulers, paper for second-semester needs

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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Alex Heuberger walks past empty shelves, normally filled with notebooks, in the warehouse at Classroom Central Tuesday. Classroom Central, which provides school supplies for low-income students in CMS and five other nearby districts, has run out of scissors, rulers and notebooks going into the second semester. They’re holding a special donation drive at Trade and Tryon on Thursday.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    A box of three-ring binders is running low at Classroom Central, which provides school supplies for low-income students in CMS and five other nearby districts.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Shelves normally filled with notebooks sit empty in the Classroom Central warehouse on Wilkinson Boulevard. The group will hold an emergency supply drive at Trade and Tryon streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Classroom Central will hold a special collection drive in the heart of uptown Charlotte on Thursday so low-income students will have scissors, rulers and notebooks for the second semester.

The nonprofit group, which provides supplies to students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Kannapolis, Iredell-Statesville, and Lancaster, S.C., schools, has run out of all three items.

Organizers say they’re also critically low on glue sticks, loose-leaf paper and composition books. The group’s overall inventory is 54 percent lower than the same time last year, they say.

Volunteers will be at Trade and Tryon streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday collecting supplies and money. Collections are also scheduled for Saturday’s Bobcats game and Sunday’s Checkers game at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Find more information at www.classroomcentral.org/.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms
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