Kirtland students design own Make a Difference Day project

Students at Kirtland Elementary and Middle School have organized a school supply drive in order to support the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center.

Make a Difference Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, and part of what makes this annual day of volunteerism so special is that organizations and schools from all corners of Northeast Ohio find their own unique ways to get involved.

At Kirtland Elementary and Middle School, children have organized a school supply in order to support the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center.

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Each grade is responsible for collecting a different item on the “most needed supply list” which will help keep the center stocked this year. The Kids in Need Resource Center, located near downtown Cleveland, provides school supplies to students and teachers who need it most. The nonprofit is dedicated to the belief that no child’s academic achievement should be disrupted simply because they don’t have the proper tools.

Students from Kirtland Elementary and Middle School are collecting school supplies for Make a Difference Day.

The students will be delivering their collected supplies on Saturday to the center.

Make a Difference Day began in 1992 and has become one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. The volunteer initiative is guided by TEGNA Inc., the parent company of WKYC, and Gannett media properties. The Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light are national sponsors.

“TEGNA’s purpose is to empower the people we serve and make a positive impact in our communities,” said TEGNA Chief Executive Officer and President Gracia Martore in a statement. “Make a Difference Day provides us an opportunity to do just that.”

If you are interested in hosting a supply drive, visit where they have all the resources to help you host a successful and fun drive.

And if you would like to participate in Make a Difference Day, you can sign up here, or by calling 216.736.7711.