Students and staff at Ross Medical Education Center have done community service projects each year and this year collected school supplies for elementary and middle school students in Niles city schools.
A presentation was made last week at Niles Middle School for grades sixth to eighth.
Karleen Pappada, instructor with Ross Medical, said students collected 775 school supply items including notebooks, book bags and crayons, which were given for students at Jackson, Rhodes, Washington elementary schools and Niles Middle school.
Pappada said the students have done community service projects each year such as Christmas items for the Beatitude House and canned food items for Second Harvest Food Bank.
This year the students and some staff contributed school supply items through July.
''We do this to help those students in need,'' she said.
Pappada said the medical assisting students have always wanted to help in the community.
Reigle said a high percentage of students in the district qualify for free and reduced lunches. He said the school supplies can be given throughout the year for good conduct, grades and attendance by students at the end of each nine week grading period, as well as to students in need.