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Here's how you can help the Polk County middle school impacted by tornado damage

Posted at 10:55 PM, Oct 21, 2019

POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- As Kathleen Middle School continues to recover from the devastation left by last week's tornado, the school district released a list of ways you can help the middle school.

At least three tornadoes were reported in the Tampa Bay area on Friday night and into early Saturday morning from Tropical Storm Nestor. Kathleen Middle School suffered various damage from Friday night's storms, including a roof being ripped off.


There will be a supply drive behind Kathleen Middle School on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the bus area.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Panda Express will be hosting a fundraiser, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., where 20% of the day’s sales will be donated to the students and families that were affected. The participating locations include the Panda Express on 4163 North US Hwy 98 and the Panda Express on 4620 S Florida Ave.

The Polk County School District released the following list of acceptable donations:

  • Post-it notes
  • Pens
  • Expo markers
  • Tape and tape dispensers
  • Highlighters
  • Lysol wipes
  • Plastic Ziploc bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Electric pencil sharpeners
  • Permanent markers
  • File folders
  • Pencils
  • Pencil top erasers
  • College-ruled notebook paper
  • Copy paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • Folders
  • Cutout letters
  • Construction paper
  • Air fresheners
  • Individual laminator
  • Machines and pouches
  • Gift cards

Items can be dropped off at the Polk Education Association office at 730 East Davidson Street in Bartow.