This summer, students in the Westchester area will have the chance to donate school supplies to disadvantaged youths through the Third Annual National Staples/ School Supply Drive.

DoSomething.org and Staples have teamed up with actress and screenwriter Nikki Reed of this summer’s blockbuster film Twilight: Eclipse, for the school supply drive.

Local students can take part in the campaign by collecting school supplies and dropping them off at the Westchester Staples store, 8704 S. Sepulveda Blvd. from now through Sept. 18. In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 at any Staples store, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Westchester students in need.

All school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year.

“Since 2008, Do Something 101 has inspired teens and Staples customers to help students in need who cannot afford basic school supplies,” said Jevin Eagle, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at Staples. “Staples is committed to making a difference in the community, and we hope to continue to build awareness for Do Something 101 to help hundreds of thousands of students succeed in school.”

To build on this success and help kick off the 2010 campaign, Reed is starring in a public service announcement that will air on television and radio stations nationwide through September.

Staples is also donating more than $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program.

“DoSomething.org empowers teens to take action in their communities,” said Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org. “Staples has been a fantastic supporter for the past several years and we’re thrilled to continue the relationship, and the Do Something 101 campaign, to provide young people with even more opportunities to rock social change with their friends this summer.”

Information,

www.dosomething101.org/.

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