Although summer fun remains in full swing, the beginning of August marks the countdown to the start of a new school year — and that means the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® are hard at work on their annual 2014 School Supplies Drive. As it has throughout its 25-year history, the grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization will distribute much-needed school supplies to community schoolchildren prior to Labor Day weekend.

“For us, the school year is right around the corner,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These last weeks are critical for us as we gather all the donated supplies, purchase additional items with contributed funds, and then host the actual distribution at our Cokata Wiconi teen center. This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of supporting Cheyenne River children as they head back to school. We encourage all of our friends and supporters around the country, and around the world, to join with us as we seek to serve more kids than ever before.”