The Benton County Sheriff’s Office’s Back to School Supply Drive is underway through Sept. 5. (Photo by chas53/Getty Images via Canva)

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office’s 13th annual Back to School Supply Drive is in progress through Sept. 5.

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, 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.

“I want to thank the Benton County community for the continued support of this vitally important project, making sure kids in rural Benton County have the resources and supplies they need to begin the school year,” Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall said in a news release. “As a result of the Benton County community’s continued commitment to our youth, we have an opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives.”

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.