Scottsdale Quarter to host back-to-school drive for foster care children
PHOENIX — Scottsdale Quarter is set to host a week-long school supply drive to benefit children in foster care during the upcoming academic year.
In partnership with Arizona Helping Hands, the open-air shopping center will receive donations Aug. 3-9 on 73rd Place between the stores Albion Fit and PAIGE from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to a press release.
“Children in foster care experience change often, and these times of uncertainty provide additional challenges,” event organizers said in an online statement.
“Back-to-School looks different this year, but we know that these supplies will give children in foster care the tools they need to succeed, regardless.”
Donors will be able to leave items in a large collection bin in front of Scottsdale Quarter’s school bus display.
Those interested in donating can find a list of needed items online.
Individuals seeking to donate but are unable to drop off items have the option to participate virtually by sponsoring a backpack filled with supplies for $35.
On Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey offered more guidance on the return of in-person learning and the upcoming year for Arizona schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ducey unveiled that a plan developed by the Arizona Department of Health Services via executive order will aim to provide flexibility for schools for the 2020-21 academic year.
Details of the Arizona: Open For Learning plan were to be released by Aug. 7, per Ducey’s order.
The decision to reopen will be left up to local school leaders, Ducey said.
Most Arizona schools will start the academic year Aug. 3 with remote-only instruction.