By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Horror stories about lack of supplies at Philadelphia public schools have hit home among education advocates. Now, there’s a citywide effort to fill the supplies gap.

“Active citizenship is not a spectator sport,” says Todd Bernstein, founder of Global Citizen.

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He’s also the organizer behind the Philadelphia School Supplies Drive in partnership with other groups. Their goal — fill the supplies gap caused by lack of funding for Philadelphia public schools by collecting what teachers and kids need in the classroom in the most underserved schools.

“West Philadelphia and North Philadelphia have been priority areas in the past,” Bernstein says.

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Donors can drop off school supplies at locations across the city through September 2.

“From ballpoint pens to copy paper to calculators to erasers, tape, even things like tissues and hand sanitizer,” Bernstein said.

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