The Pratt Tribune is leading a drive to make sure children have the tools they need to learn once school starts. School secretaries and principals say the items they run out of most quickly include tissues, hand sanitizer, No. 2 pencils, crayons, erasers and notebook paper, according to Tribune advertising manager Sandi Armstrong.


The Pratt Tribune is leading a drive to make sure children have the tools they need to learn once school starts. School secretaries and principals say the items they run out of most quickly include tissues, hand sanitizer, No. 2 pencils, crayons, erasers and notebook paper, according to Tribune advertising manager Sandi Armstrong.

The Tribune will donate $100 to the fund and invites anyone who wants to help to leave monetary donations or supplies at the Tribune office, 320 South Main, by Aug. 14. Supplies will be purchased and given to Pratt USD 382, Skyline USD 438 and Sacred Heart/Holy Child School.

“There are always kids who go to school and don’t have everything they need,” publisher Keith Lippoldt said. “It’s been that way forever,” he added, predicting that the need may be more acute this year because of high costs.

“People are struggling to buy gas, pay utility bills and now they have to get ready for school,” Lippoldt noted. “If you can help just one or two kids, it’s worth it.”

Enrolling a child in elementary school may cost $100 or more by the time textbook fees are paid and a month’s worth of breakfasts and lunches are purchased.

The items suggested are just that — all types of school supplies will be accepted.