From the Seattle Times editorial page:
"Labor Day ends The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy school-supply drive that began on July 4. Reader contributions pay for the pencils, pens, notebooks and other tools of learning that help students begin a new year with optimism and confidence.
Three excellent agencies screen applicants, and buy, organize and distribute the supplies: Hopelink, the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness and the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County. We are grateful for all they do.
In the midst of economic uncertainty, a record 551 donors have given more than $50,000, which is nearing another record. In our 10th school-supply drive, total contributions exceed $308,000. Thank you.
We continue to look to the words and spirit of President Thomas Jefferson as our guide. He believed educated citizens were necessary to sustain democracy. He also understood the consequences of unschooled children were more expensive than a good education.
Jefferson also provides the most appropriate expression of thanks to our readers and contributors:
"The reward of esteem, respect and gratitude (is) due those who devote their time and efforts to render the youths of every successive age fit governors for the next."