By Mike DeNardo

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A monthlong drive to get badly needed supplies into Philadelphia classrooms kicked off today.

Mayor Nutter earlier this month started a school supplies fund, challenging corporations and philanthropies to donate money (see related story).

This drive, by Global Citizen and the publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News, seeks donations of actual supplies.

“Paper and copy paper, pens, protractors, and rulers,” says Global Citizen president Todd Bernstein.  “The basic needs.”

Bernstein says people can drop off donations at the Inquirer’s headquarters, 801 Market Street, on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

“Active citizenship is not a spectator sport,” Bernstein says, “and most people can play a role in supporting Philadelphia public schools and students.”

He says the supplies will be distributed to the public schools that need them most.  The drive runs until October 25th.

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