A local bank is looking to make a difference for children on their way back to school.

First Gateway Credit Union has partnered with Community Action of Eastern Iowa to help local students with the Backpack Buddy School Supply program. The school supply drive will run until July 27 and donations will be accepted at any First Gateway Credit Union locations.

Any school supply is welcomed, but the organizations are specifically looking for the following:

• Backpacks (no wheels)

• 12-count colored pencils

• No. 2 pencils

• Pencil pouches

• Plastic pencil boxes

• Red, blue and black ink pens

• Dry erase markers

• 10-pack washable markers

• One-subject spiral notebooks

• Loose-leaf notebook paper

• Solid colored two pocket folders (no prongs)

• Elmer’s white glue

• Pointed scissors

• Rulers with metric markers

• Book covers

• Large pink erasers

• Index cards

• Highlighters

• 1-inch binders

• Composition notebooks

• Calculators

Calculators purchased for Middle School students should have the exponent and square root key.

First Gateway Credit Union branches are located on Iowa 67 in Camanche, at 1504 N. Second St. in Clinton, at 1703 11th St. in DeWitt, and at 415 10th Ave. in Fulton, Ill.

Supplies will be distributed to community members Aug. 10 and 11.

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