Help needy children with back-to-school supplies

Children’s charity ACCA has started its annual drive to ensure that youngsters across the Algarve can start the new school year with confidence and with the basic essentials to help them achieve good academic results.

Although the government provides text books for the neediest, it does not supply children with the simple, everyday materials that are vital to support the learning process.

Every year, ACCA increases its back-to-school programme in an attempt to help as many children as possible – in 2016 the charity gave out 841 backpacks filled with essentials, and this year it hopes to top that figure.

Here’s where you come in and can make a real difference…

ACCA needs the following for each student under 10:

– A4 lined, squared and plain exercise books
– 1 A5 plain exercise book
– Pencil case, scissors, colouring pencils and felt tip pens
– 30cm ruler, pencil sharpener, rubber, HB pencils, blue pens, glue stick

For children over 10, the above plus:
– Recorder, set square and protractor set
– Blue, black and red biros
– A4 files, A4 paper with punched holes
– Calculator, compass
For senior students, the above plus:
– 1 ream of plain paper
– Post-it notes
– Correctors
– Pen drives, stapler, scientific calculator

Organisers say: “If you can shop for any of the above and drop your purchases off at one of the points listed below, you will be making that difference. Or, if you prefer to let us have a donation, we will do the shopping. We can purchase backpacks – and gym bags – for just €5, or you can order by phoning 936 463 177 or emailing [email protected]

Drop off points: Almancil – Curiosa, Lewis Andrews, and Nobre Pharmacy; Albufeira – Iceland and Paws4pets; Armação de Pêra – Holiday Inn Algarve; Silves – Castelo de Sonhos; Alcantarilha – The Golf Shack; Lagos – C.A.R.D.S and Moveison