Approximately 6,500 students will benefit from program

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FARMINGTON — To strengthen its students' chances of succeeding, the Central Consolidated School District will provide select school supplies for students this school year.

The district will purchase colored pencils, crayons, folders, three-ring binders, beginner pencils, pencils, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, facial tissue, loose leaf paper, hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes.

The type of supplies received will depend on the student's grade, and parents still will be responsible for supplies not purchased by the district.

Each school has compiled supply lists for parents, which are available on the district's website.

Don Hornbecker, coordinator of elementary schools for the district, said the move is a partnership between CCSD and parents to ensure that students have the supplies they need to succeed academically, as well as to help ease financial costs for families.

Approximately 6,500 students from kindergarten to 12th grade will receive supplies this year, Hornbecker said.

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Renee Lucero, spokeswoman for the district, said the total budget allocated for the supplies is $200,000.

"It was a decision the district made to make sure that every student had everything they need to learn and to learn well," she said.

If parents have questions about the supplies, they can contact their child's school, Lucero said.

Aztec Municipal School District Superintendent Kirk Carpenter commended CCSD for the service.

"That's a great opportunity for kids," Carpenter said.

He added there are programs in Aztec that donate school supplies to the district, and supplies are also distributed to Native American students through the Indian Education program.

No one could be reached for comment at the Bloomfield School District's administration office.

Under the Farmington Municipal School District Office of Indian Education, basic school supplies are an option under the Johnson O'Malley Parental Cost program for Native American students with a Certificate of Indian Blood, according to the district's website.

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The district has received supplies from the San Juan Regional Medical Center, and one community program helps homeless families with obtaining supplies for students, said Michelle Blades, administrative assistant for the deputy superintendent.

School starts on Monday for the four school districts.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.

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