The LOOP is hosting a back-to-school supply drive starting July 25

The LOOP will host a back-to-school supply drive from July 25 to Aug. 8 in cooperation with A Gift for Teaching.

There will be four drop-off locations throughout the Shopping Center. Look for the colorful “Back 2 School Supply Drive” drop boxes at Chick Fil-A, Old Navy, Michaels, and Little Greek Fresh Grill.

“We are pleased to again take part in this important community project. It reflects our commitment to improving the learning environment and supporting teachers in the classroom,” said Tim Lytle, The LOOP Chick-fil-A franchise owner.

The LOOP is located at 3208 N. John Young Parkway and is leased and managed by Crossman & Company, one of the Southeast’s largest retail leasing, property management and investment sales firms.

Crossman & Company’s Marketing Manager, Gena Filion said, “According to A Gift for Teaching, more than 65 percent of the students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties come from families that can’t afford lunch, let alone school supplies.”

All of the tenants at The LOOP are thrilled to be a part of the Back-to-School supply drive to gather the essential supplies the students of our community need. This year, additional drop off locations have been added throughout the center.

The 10 most requested items are: pencils, prizes for rewards, glue sticks, scissors, loose leaf notebook paper, art supplies (glitter, watercolors, etc.), pocket folders, crayons, composition books and Ziploc bags.

A Gift for Teaching, founded in 1998, serves 338 public schools. There are more than 210,000 kids whose families live at or below the poverty line. But the most alarming number is that 13,000 of those students are homeless.

The LOOP is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For directions and more information visit www.experiencetheloop.com.