The Penquis school supply drive has begun for Knox County. Back-to-school expenses can be a significant financial burden for many families. The goal is to give students the tools they need to succeed in school and ease some of the financial stress that parents face this time of year.

This year Blueberry Broadcasting, Mike and Mike from KISS 94.5, Paul and Kat from The Bear, and WTOS have partnered with Penquis to collect the needed school supplies for students in both Penobscot and Knox counties.

The Tools for School Campaign is sponsored by Blueberry Broadcasting. The three stations will host a series of live broadcasts at local Dunkin’ Donuts to collect donated school supplies.

There will be local live broadcasts July 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thomaston (WBFB, The Bear) and Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rockland (WBFB, The Bear).

To make a donation, stop by one of the live broadcasts or drop off supplies at the Penquis office at 170 Pleasant St. in Rockland. Cash donations will be accepted during the live broadcast or individuals can make credit card donations online at penquis.org.

From now until mid-August families seeking assistance with school supplies can register their school age child/children by visiting the Penquis Web site at penquis.org or calling 800-215-4942. Registration does not guarantee that all families will receive school supplies, as all supplies for this project are donated. Together with Blueberry Broadcasting, Penquis will be seeking donations of new school supplies as well as cash donations in an effort to meet every request.

Incorporated in 1967, Penquis assists individuals and families in preventing, reducing or eliminating poverty in their lives and, through partnerships, engages the community in addressing economic and social needs. Penquis primarily serves individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties.