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The deadline to turn applications in to TrueNorth Community Services for the Tools for School 2020 program is quickly approaching: July 22.

Tools for School provides students from qualifying low-income families with new backpacks filled with essential school supplies. The program is for kindergarten through 12th grade students living or attending school in Newaygo County for the 2020-2021 school year.

“We’re not exactly sure what going back to school is going to look like in the fall but we know students will still need supplies, and we want to make sure all students get to start the school year off on a level playing field,” said Mike Voyt, Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator for TrueNorth.

The 17th annual Tools for School Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, at the TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 South Warner Avenue (M-82) in Fremont. Families will be notified via mail regarding their application status and pick-up times.

The program’s sponsors are ChoiceOne Bank, The Gerber Foundation, and the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

Tools for School applications can be filled out online at; and are also available at the TrueNorth Service Center in Fremont.

For more information, contact Voyt at or (231) 924-0641, ext. 119.

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