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The Shepherd's Staff extends Back to School registration

The Shepherd's Staff has extended its Back to School registration by a week, giving families in need more time to sign up for free school supplies.

The registration, which originally had a deadline of this Friday, has been extended through Friday, July 21, according to Executive Director Brenda Meadows.

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"Normally, by this time, the last week of registration, we have registered approximately 800 or so children for school supplies," Meadows said in an email. "To date we have registered only 350 students. We believe that a complication is that kids don't start back to school until after Labor Day this year and folks may not be thinking about preparing yet."

The Shepherd's Staff will be providing free school essentials to Carroll County students in need, Head Start through high school, Meadows said. Only Carroll County students are eligible, and they must be registered by a parent or guardian. No telephone registration accepted.

Registration can be done 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St. in Westminster, she said. For more information, call 410-857-5944 or visit the website at www.shepstaff.org.

For those who can donate school supplies, Meadows said they are in need of the following: tabbed dividers, 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch three-ring binders, Duo-Tang folders, colored pencils, wide-ruled paper, and new backpacks. The Shepherd's Staff is also asking for monetary donations to purchase new shoes, new or nearly new school clothing and new books.

Donations can be dropped off at The Shepherd's Staff on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For a complete list of school supplies needed or for more information, contact The Shepherd's Staff at 410-857-5944 or visit the website at www.shepstaff.org.

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