By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — A local woodworking business is helping students build a successful school year.
American Pride Woodworking has taken on a challenge to help collect much-needed school supplies for students in the area.
American Pride owner Frank LeBlanc wants to help the community.
His woodworking students, residents at the nearby Granite House transitional living facility on West Broadway, built storage bins that are now located at area businesses and organizations to hold the school supply donations.
Pinkerton Academy woodworking students also contributed their efforts and painted the wooden bins.
LeBlanc said schools got on board and submitted supply lists of things that were needed throughout the school year.
With budget cuts, donating supplies was a good way to help.
“We talked to the schools,” LeBlanc said. “They were very interested.”
He also enlisted the help of Community Alliance for Teen Safety and its director Sue Centner to help promote the cause in the community.
Helping the community is nothing new to this Derry-based business.
LeBlanc’s small woodworking shop on West Broadway offers more than just construction lessons on how to build a box from wood.
Last fall, American Pride Woodworking students also created handcrafted wooden book bins that were donated to children in need in the Concord area.
LeBlanc said he will continue the school supply drive indefinitely and hopes people will stop by the specified locations to donate what they can.
School supply donation bins are located at: Granite State Police Supply, 50 Haverhill Road., Windham; Derry Municipal Center, 14 Manning St., Derry; Rig A’ Tony’s, 38 West Broadway, Derry; Maine Drilling and Blasting, 88 Gold Ledge Ave., Auburn; Benway Johnston, 35 Crystal Ave., Derry; Community Alliance for Teen Safety, 1 Hood Road, Derry; Church of Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry; and Brownell Insurance, 5 Nashua Road, Londonderry.
Supplies being collected include pencils, pens, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, zippered binders, two-pocket folders, 1-inch three-ring binders, 1 1/2-inch three-ring binders and ruled notebook paper.
For additional information call American Pride Woodworking at 489-8918, visit americanpridewoodworking.com/outreach or visit on Facebook.