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Bank of America Collecting School Supplies at More Than 100 Valley Banking Centers, July 25-Aug. 3

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Supplies Will Be Donated to Back-to-School Clothing Drive for Phoenix-Area Children</i> </p>

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bank of America Collecting School Supplies at More Than 100 Valley Banking Centers, July 25-Aug. 313:00 EDT Wednesday, July 25, 2012 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- Bank of America is partnering with the local nonprofit Back-to-School Clothing Drive to help Valley students prepare for the 2012-13 school year by collecting new or unopened school supplies at more than 100 banking centers in metropolitan Phoenix from July 25 to Aug. 3. Special collection boxes will be placed in every branch and all items collected will be distributed by the Back-to-School Clothing Drive organization to schoolchildren across the Valley. This is the seventh year Bank of America has partnered with the Back-to-School Clothing Drive, using its retail presence across the Valley for the community to donate thousands of supplies over the years. “It's important for children to start the school year off with new supplies and materials to be ready to learn,” said Bank of America Arizona President Benito Almanza. “Bank of America has been a long-standing partner with the Back-to-School Clothing Drive which brings tremendous value to the community and to these children.” Items being collected are: 1- to 2-inch rubber erasers Pencil sharpeners Child-safe metal or plastic scissors Glue sticks (no glue bottles, please) Notebooks: 72-page, spiral-bound, wide-ruled (not college-ruled) Crayons – box of 24 12-inch wood or plastic rulers Children's books for ages 5-12 Please note: loose-leaf binder paper, three-ring binders, and printer or copier paper are not being collected. For more information about the Back-to-School Clothing Drive, visit the nonprofit's website at or call their offices at 602.256.9408. For a list of Bank of America banking centers in the Phoenix metro area, visit Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communitiesthrough lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community. For more Bank of America news, visit the Bank of America newsroom. Reporters May Contact:Colleen Haggerty, Bank of America,