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With classes starting soon, Channel 3 held a back-to-school supply drive on Tuesday.

Channel 3 teamed up with Staples and New Country Motors.

"The Hartford kids are really in need so anything supplies, pens, pencils, notebooks the biggest thing is backpacks," Samuel Herman with New Country Mini of Hartford said. 

The event was lot like "stuff a bus" drives; this time however, it was a Mini Cooper. By early Tuesday afternoon, a Mini Cooper was filled up from donations. 

From the station's broadcast at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., it's looking to collect:

  • Backpacks
  • Rulers
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Folders
  • Jump drives
  • Other school supplies

The supplies will be donated to Hartford Public Schools.

According to a 2010 report by Achieve Hartford, the capital city's per capita income is still one of the lowest in the country. It translates to 92 percent of Hartford Public Schools' students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Schools in the city are facing further budget reductions because the city in the midst of a challenging budget year.

An annual Huntington Bank survey found that a backpack and school supplies for a middle school student this year could run parents $312.

Stop by and say hello to various WFSB personalities during the morning broadcasts and the rest of the gang throughout the day.

Here are some photos from the drive.

WFSB is located at 333 Capital Blvd. in Rocky Hill.

For people who can't get to the station, New County said it will be stuffing Minis at four Staples locations every weekend in August. The locations are West Hartford, Glastonbury, Newington and Vernon.

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