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CLEVELAND -- The number of students in need of free school supplies has increased throughout the years in Cuyahoga County.

A local non-profit, that works to provide teachers with supplies for their students and the classroom, is helping more schools this year.

Cleveland's Kids in Need Resource Center provides free supplies for teachers who work in schools where more than 65 percent of students receive federally subsidized free or reduced lunches.

"Just this past year we expanded," explains Board President Anthony Vacanti. "We used to just serve parochial, charter and public schools in Cleveland and East Cleveland. We just expanded to a lot of the inner-ring suburbs which unfortunately a lot of their school districts qualify for our program."

Vacanti says the expansion is due to a combination of reasons. Partly because they have the ability to help more schools but more schools are now meeting the requirements for the free supplies.

If you would like to donate or know of a school that needs help log onto www.ClevelandKidsInNeed.org for more information.

Services are for teachers only.

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