Do you miss the smell of freshly-sharpened pencils?  Does the thought of rows of crayon boxes make your heart happy?  Or do you just want to know that your next trip to Target can make a big difference in the life of a child?

Congregations for Kids is once again holding its annual Good Start Back to School Drive!  Their goal is to fill a bus with supplies that low-income Bellevue students need to be successful in school this year, but they need YOUR help!  They’re specifically looking for cash donations or supplies from the list found here.  Please bring them to church and leave them in the marked box in the lobby before August 14th.  (Please note: the date on the flyer linked above is incorrect!)

Want to get the most out of your dollar and don’t mind chasing down a deal?  Here are some great sales this week (7/24-7/30).

Costco (in-store):

  • $16 High Sierra student backpacks through the end of July (out of stock online, but check store)–these include a laptop pocket, which middle and high school students need for their school-issued laptops

Office Depot (Bellevue location: Main Street and 108th, next to Toys R US)

  • Office Depot-brand mechanical pencils, $0.01 with $5 purchase
  • 2-pack Office Depot-brand pocket folders, $0.01 with $5 purchase
  • 12-pack Crayola colored pencils, $0.50
  • 16GB Lexar USB drive, $3.99
  • 4-pack large Sharpie highlighters, $2
  • Office Depot-brand plastic rulers, $0.50
  • 2-pack 2″x2″ Post It Note cubes, $2
  • 4-pack Expo chisel dry erase markers, 2 for $10
  • 30-50% off a variety of school backpacks

Target (Bellevue location: Factoria Mall)

  • 12-count Elmer’s glue sticks, $3
  • 4-ct Expo dry erase markers, $3
  • 16GB Lexar USB drive, $3.99

Staples (Bellevue location: Bel-Red and 140th, in Evergreen Village next to Safeway)

  • Wood ruler. $0.25
  • 24-pack Crayola crayons, $0.50
  • 4-pack Staples-brand glue sticks, $1
  • Staples-brand spiral notebook, $0.17 (There’s also one for $0.75; I don’t know the difference)
  • Graph-ruled composition books, $1
  • 4-count 8GB Lexar USB Drives, $14
  • 120-ct lined notebook paper, $0.75
  • 4-pack Post-it Notes, $3
  • 10-pack Bic Round Stic Ballpoint Pens, $0.75
  • 6-pack Staples-brand highlighters, $0.75
  • 72-pack Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils, $10 (This is the specific brand the organization asks for due to their durability!)

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