The Benton County Sheriff’s Office’s 14th annual Back to School Supply Drive is in progress through Aug. 31.

For those interested in donating to the supply drive, backpacks have historically been a large need for students of low-income families returning to school. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For example, officials said just $30 can provide one student with supplies for an entire year. 

Other supplies needed include: Copy paper, dry-erase markers, three-ring binders, notebooks, pencils, wide-ruled paper, scissors, index cards, post-it pads, pencil bags or boxes, hand sanitizer, tissues, markers, erasers, highlighters, Crayola crayons, glue and glue sticks, rulers and folders.

Used supplies and books are not accepted.

Supplies gathered will be divided and distributed immediately following the event between five rural schools — Alsea Elementary, Blodgett Elementary, Kings Valley Charter School, Monroe Elementary and Muddy Creek Charter School.

“We are once again blessed to be able to work with the Benton County community to support our students as they return to classes,” Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall said in a news release. “As I stated last year, this is a vitally important fundraiser, and an opportunity to have a positive impact on the life of a child. Please take a moment and help your Sheriff’s Office make this a reality for our youngest residents.”

Cash or supplies may be dropped off or mailed to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: The Sheriff’s Foundation, at 180 NW Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330. Contact Sgt. Leslie Thilberg with any questions at 541-766-6858.