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Originally published Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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The tools of learning are a powerful gift

Please donate to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy school-supplies campaign. Help provide the tools of learning.

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READERS ARE INVITED to send a donation to The School Supply Drive of The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy, P.O. Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111. For donations via debit or credit card, email:
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Project Cool for Back to School works to offer homeless students the ability to achieve and succeed in school. That is how Ally Seidel, Project Cool 2012 coordinator, describes efforts to provide homeless children with school supplies.

And what is the best part? Handing over a stuffed backpack, Seidel reports, "and seeing disbelief, gratitude and happiness spread across that child's face."

Generous readers help spread those smiles with a donation to the editorial-page campaign of The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy. The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and its Project Cool, convert contributions into tools of learning. Last year Project Cool helped 1,792 students.

Reader donations also go to two other excellent agencies: Hopelink and the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County. All screen applicants, buy supplies in bulk, and distribute the grade-appropriate materials.

The number of homeless students continues to grow at an alarming rate. The stability and opportunity represented by those school supplies is a powerful gift.

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