It’s summer, but you can help kids get school supplies

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ST. LOUIS, MO (STL Moms) - It's hard to think about heading back to school yet, but it's not too early to help a child with school supplies.

1 in 5 children in America don't have school supplies because their families simply can't afford it.

Erin Smith with United Way is here to talk about an online drive to collect donations to help kids who can't afford basic supplies.

Smith says students who are adequately equipped with school supplies miss fewer days of school, are more attentive in class, have improved classroom behavior and achieve high test scores in all academic subjects.

The United Way has set up a monetary donation drive to combat the problem. From today through July 8th, United Way is collecting monetary donations through its Best First Day School Supply fund to provide the basic, necessary school supplies for elementary and middle school aged children in the Metro St. Louis region.

Each donation goes towards a kit that consists of basic school supplies such as a backpack, notebooks, pencils, folders, glue sticks and crayons/markers.

United Way is also hosting summer bash this Saturday to help raise money as well!

Visit the St. Louis Zoo from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM for just $10 that gets you live music, food, and drinks, and goes towards the great cause!

For all the information you need or to donate, visit thebestfirstday.org or helpingpeople.org