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ENRICH Center adds places to donate Head Start supplies

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Residents wanting to donate supplies to help Ruston’s Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center get back on its feet in the wake of fire Oct. 17 now have more places to take those items.

Donation can be dropped off from 8 a.m. until Saturday at the Ruston’s Farmer’s Market, located on East Mississippi Avenue; and at the College of Applied and Natural Sciences tailgate at Louisiana Tech’s Homecoming game on Nov. 4, Julie Rutledge, the Louisiana Tech University family and child studies professor who’s heading the drive, said via email this morning.

Residents can also take donations of any First National Bank location or the Ruston Daily Leader, located at 212 Park Ave., or to the Louisiana Tech Early Childhood Education Center, located at 401 W. Louisiana Ave., and placed in the designated containers by the front door.

All of the donations will be stored until the center is able to relocate and reopen.

A bank account for the center has also been opened at First National Bank, said Rutledge, who also head’s Tech’s ENRICH CENTER. The center works with Head Start on nutrition and literacy programs.

Here’s a list of items needed:

• Books/Toys/Art Supplies: blocks, puzzles, manipulatives, construction paper, markers, crayons, children’s scissors, glue sticks or liquid glue, costumes, playground equipment, dramatic play supplies and books
• Classroom furniture/supplies: circle time rugs, child-sized tables and chairs, nap mats, blankets, dry erase/chalkboards, cubbies, educational posters, clocks, staplers, staples, tape, outlet covers and teaching materials
• Cleaning materials: paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, hand soap and toothbrushes.
• Teacher’s lounge/main office: desktop computer, printer, printer paper, file folders, sticky notes and a coffee maker.

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