Summit County Children Services is once again asking for the community's assistance to ensure that children in need and receiving agency services will begin the school year prepared with brand new school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom.

Each year children in need served by Summit County Children Services are given backpacks filled with school supplies. Due to budget constraints, the agency depends on the generosity of the community's organizations and individual donors to provide school supplies to the children we serve.

A donation of $30 will purchase a backpack and school supplies for elementary school children. A $35 donation will provide a backpack and school supplies for middle school students. And, a donation of $40 will provide essentials for a high school student including a scientific calculator. Monetary donations can be made online through PayPal at summitkids.org (click on Donor/Volunteer Opportunities and use the "Donate Now" button). Individuals can also mail a donation to the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, 44306 -- in care of the Community Relations Department. Checks should be made payable to Summit County Children Services.

For those who prefer to shop for school supplies and donate the items, a list of the essential supplies needed is also available on the agency's website by clicking on Donor/Volunteer Opportunities/School Supplies. Please note: It is requested that all donations be delivered to the agency between Monday, July 24 and Friday, Aug. 4 so that volunteers can pack them into backpacks on Saturday, Aug. 5.

For more information contact Summit County Children Services Community Relations Supervisor Sandy DeLuca at 330-379-1994 / sdeluca@summitkids.org.