Operation NR Cares’ mission helps kids in need
Annual school supply drive kicks off July 18 at 3 Spot
Operation NR Cares shows families the community cares by making sure students have the back-to-school items they need to start the school year off right. File photo by JAIME ANTON
NORTH ROYALTON – The city is on a mission to make sure students start the school year off on the right foot with all the supplies they will need.

And residents can help.

Operation NR Cares, the annual school supply drive, kicks off from 5-7 p.m. July 18 at The 3 Spot, located at 13855 Ridge Road.

Residents are invited to bring in at least three school supply items, and for these efforts, they will be richly rewarded with light appetizers.

From July 18 through Aug. 11, residents can drop off supplies in collection bins located around town at the 3 Spot, the Office on Aging and Human Services at 13500 Ridge Road, the North Royalton Library at 5161 Wallings Road, The North Royalton Family YMCA at 11409 State Road and the North Royalton City Hall at 14600 State.

Supplies most needed when school resumes Aug. 24 are: backpacks, Mead wide-ruled five-subject notebooks and paper (no college ruled), jumbo glue sticks, headphones (no earbuds), Clorox wipes, hand sanitizers, skinny or broad dry-erase markers and erasers, red pens, USB flash drives, TI-100 calculators and gift cards in any amount to stores like Target, Walmart, Giant Eagle, CVS, Drug Mart, Office Max, Staples, Rite Aid, etc. The suggested amount for gift cards is $10.

Other items needed are: folders with and without pockets, colored pencils, highlighters, washable markers, scissors, calculators, index cards, 1 1/2 inch three-ring binders, pocket dictionaries and Sharpie markers.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library is also hosting a school supply drive that will complement Operation NR Cares. The “super six” items they are collecting include: bottle or stick glue; scissors; crayons in eight, 16 and 24 count; No. 2 pencils; notebook paper and erasers. These items will benefit students in the local school districts.

Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw helped create NR Cares seven years ago when he was a school board member.

“I am amazed each and every year by the overwhelming kindness our community shows with all the school supplies and money they donate to this program. Recent cuts to programs at the federal and state level have made it difficult for those in need to get access to resources they need to pick themselves and their families up by the boot straps. So, I urge folks to please help support this great cause that makes a difference right here in our own community,” he said.

Debra Burrows, outreach specialist for the Office on Aging, said she remembers sending her children to school with all the school supply “newsies” and she said the city wants to make sure every child has that excitement.

“Unfortunately in today’s economy not everyone can afford to do that for their children. I’m asking everyone to remember the joy you saw in your little ones’ eyes when you sent them off for their first day of school with all those ‘newsies’ and donate to the NR Cares Back-to-School program,” she said.

Residents in need of supplies for their school-age children can apply July 24-Aug. 9. To qualify, North Royalton residents must meet the 2017 income guidelines – a two-person household is $28,035 or less and for each additional person add $7,280.

Proof of North Royalton residency, photo identification and proof of household income is required to apply.

Those who wish to donate monetarily to Operation NR Cares can make checks payable to the Charitable Fund of North Royalton Kiwanis. The words “school supplies” should be written in the memo section of the check. Gift cards and monetary donations can be left with the Office on Aging.

For more information, contact the Office on Aging at 440-582-6333.