By NewsLine Staff

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, volunteers that serve as public relations liaisons for the chamber, are collecting school supplies through the month of September for the Head Start program at Crookshank Elementary School.

Items needed include:

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Socks, underwear, hoodies (sizes 3T, 4T, 5T)
Closed toe shoes (child sizes 8 – 11)
Crib size blankets
Child size jump ropes
Sidewalk chalk
Snacks (crackers, pretzels, dried fruit, granola bars, fruit snacks)
Scooters, single and tandem tricycles
Large plastic trucks
Dry erase markers
Magna doodles
Foam puzzles
Gift cards (Dollar Tree, Walmart, Michael’s, Publix, Winn-Dixie)

Items may be dropped off at the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, 1 News Place #C, St. Augustine; Fidelity Bank, 3570 A1A South, St. Augustine; or Herbie Wiles Insurance, 400 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.

Head Start was first launched in 1965 with the idea of providing comprehensive health, nutrition and education services to children in poverty. As the program evolved, services expanded to their entire family, providing parental involvement opportunities and education as well as social services that include credit counseling and employment assistance.

Crookshank Elementary School, along with The Webster School, Southwood and Osceola elementaries, currently provides this service to local families. Each Head Start classroom is taught by a dual certified and degreed teacher and serves students aged three through five. All donated items will benefit Head Start and all Early Childhood classes at Crookshank Elementary School.

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