Backpack collection for Valley students in need

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's getting to be that time again, time to send the kids back to school. This weekend, the Maricopa County Education Service Agency is making sure every student is ready for a successful school year. One in five school age children in Maricopa County live in poverty and struggle to buy school supplies.

"The cost of supplies every year keeps increasing and so more and more families are just not able to give their kids the necessary supplies," said Volunteer Coordinator with MCESA, Shelley Carr.

Here's how you can help: You can donate supplies at the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show. Donate a backpack at the show gate and receive two free tickets. Or donate any three of the following items and receive one free ticket: 4-pack of glue sticks; pack of ballpoint pens (12/box); box of no. 2 pencils (12/box); box of colored pencils (12/box); box of water-based markers (8/box); box of crayons (16/box); 4-pack of dry erase markers; single subject spiral-bound notebook; package of loose-leaf notebook paper; pocket folders; or Scotch tape.

The Maricopa County Home and Garden Show is July 18, 19, and 20 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

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