Elder Belinda Mitchell and her nephew, Senior Pastor Paul Mitchell of Revival Center Ministries International are organizing a school supplies drive and the Trotwood Back to School Book Bag Giveway to assist Trotwood school children. CONTRIBUTED
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Area church collecting school supplies for Trotwood students

Back to School Book Bag Giveaway will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 

A local church needs donations of book bags and school supplies for children in the Trotwood area affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes.  

Families are trying to handle storm cleanup in Trotwood and other cities, while also handling logistical hurdles for getting their kids back to school. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Revival Center Ministries International has been holding book-bag giveaways in the community for more than 15 years, said Belinda Mitchell, an elder with the church. For the past three years, the church has held a community outreach day in Dayton’s Westwood neighborhood. 

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This year, because of destruction caused by the tornadoes, the church shifted focus to the Trotwood area, where 1,144 structures — mainly homes — were left unusable. 

“We want to let people know we love them and wrap our arms around them,” Mitchell said. 

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The church is hosting a Back to School Book Bag Giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trotwood Community & Cultural Arts Center, 4000 Lake Center Drive. 

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The event, billed as “a day of food, fun and fellowship,” will also have a hot dog cookout with cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn. A bounce house for children will be on site, as well as the Trotwood police and fire departments. 

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Bookbags and supplies will be available at the gathering, and the church is working with its community partner, Crayons to Classrooms, to distribute the supplies to Trotwood schools. 

If you would like to donate, the church is collecting 17-inch backpacks and school supplies that can be dropped off at Revival Center Ministries, 3011 Oakridge Drive in Dayton. Drop off hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

School supplies needed for Trotwood schools include: 

 PreK/Early Learners Backpack Contains: 

• 1 early reader book 

• 1 Box Flash Cards, Assorted 

• 1 Package Construction Paper, Pad, 9” × 12”, 50 Count 

• 1 notebook, wide-ruled, 70 count 

• 1 Sharpener, Pencil, Double Barrel, Canister 

• 2 Glue Sticks, Dries Clear, .28 oz. 

• 1 Box Crayons, 24 count 

• 1 dozen Pencils, #2, Unsharpened, All Wood 

• 2 Erasers, Pink, Large 

• 1 Box Markers, 10 count, Washable, Wide-Tipped 

• 1 Pair Scissors, 5 1/4″, Blunt Tip 

• 4 Pencils, Beginner, w/Eraser 

• 1 Box Facial Tissues 

• 1 Container of disinfectant wipes 

Elementary Backpack Contains: 

• 1 dozen Pencils, #2, Unsharpened, All Wood 

• 1 Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free 

• 1 Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Double Barrel, Canister 

• 1 Ruler, 12”, Plastic, Inch & Cm, Center Holes, Asst. 

• 1 Glue Stick, Washable, White, .26 oz 

• 1 Notebook, single subject, wide-ruled, perforated, 70 Ct. 

• 3 Folders, 2 Pocket, 11 Point, Assorted Colors 

• 1 Box Crayons, 24 Count 

• 1 box Colored Pencils, 12 count 

• 1 Box Markers, 10 count, Washable, Wide-Tipped 

• 1 Scissors, Pointed, 5-1/4” 

• 1 Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Yellow 

• 1 box facial tissues 

• 1 Container of disinfectant wipes 

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Junior High/High School Backpack Contains: 

• 1 dozen Pencils, #2, Unsharpened, All Wood 

• 1 Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free 

• 1 Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Double Barrel, Canister 

• 1 Ruler, 12”, Plastic, Inch & Cm, Center Holes, Asst. 

• 1 Glue Stick, Washable, White, .26 oz 

• 3 Notebooks, single subject, college-ruled, perforated, 70 Ct. 

• 3 Folders, 2 Pocket, assorted colors 

• 1 box Colored Pencils, 12 count 

• 1 Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Yellow 

• 1 Dry Erase Marker 

• 1 Box Facial Tissues 

• 1 Container of disinfectant wipes

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