Saint Louis University

The collection site at the Marvin and Harlene Wool Center. The wool center was one of this year's top collection sites. Submitted photo

Saint Louis University faculty, students and staff showed overwhelming support for this year's school supply drive, smashing previous collection totals, including last year's record of just more than 20,000 items.

For the 2012 campaign, University members donated more than 23,500 school supplies, representing a new record and resounding affirmation of the University's commitment to service.

Collections are being distributed to the three SLU-sponsored charter schools, as well as to KidSmart, a non-profit agency that provides school supplies to more than 90,000 children across the St. Louis area. Besides connecting donations to charter schools and local public schools, drive proceeds are also assisting local agencies, such as community centers and resident teaching programs, where teachers pay for their students' supplies. More than 350 children books were also collected for a library in Belize, which was recently built by SLU students during a mission trip last year, helping make this year's drive both a local and global effort.

Support for the drive was drawn from all across the university. The Marvin and Harlene Wool Center, Omer Poos Law Library, the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Anesthesiology led the way with top collections.

Thanks to all University members, divisions and departments that volunteered to be a collection site for this year's drive, reinforcing our commitment to the university mission and connection to local St. Louis communities.