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Boys & Girls Clubs and Michael’s Prepare Anchorage Youth for Successful School Year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – With support from Michael’s, Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska kicks off the back-to-school season with the National Supply Drive, an in-store and virtual call for school supply donations to prepare kids and families in the Anchorage community for academic success in the 2013-14 school year.

“While more than 1 million American youth fail to graduate from high school each year, the truth is that many kids are falling behind in school, and life, before they even get started,” said Alana Humphrey, Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s Chief Executive Officer. “Kids need basic school supplies, and through the National Supply Drive, these donations will help us provide the needed supplies for back-to-school to keep kids on track for academic success and a great future.”

From now through August 17, the community can help Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska put thousands of school supplies in the hands of Boys & Girls Club members by donating supplies in local Michael’s store collection bins or visiting www.greatfutures.org/backtoschool.

The National Supply Drive is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s Tools for Back-to- School initiative, a national back-to-school campaign designed to raise awareness about the need for community-based Boys & Girls Clubs that support academic success for youth during critical out-of-school hours. For more information about how to support Tools for Back-to-School, visit www.greatfutures.org/backtoschool.

About Michaels
Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,113 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 123 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®. For more information visit www.michaels.com or www.facebook.com/Michaels or follow Michaels on Twitter and Pinterest @MichaelsStores.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, go to: http://www.bgcalaska.org or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Boys-Girls-Clubs-Alaska

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