The first day of classes for students usually means fresh pens and pencils, a shiny new book bag and back to school shopping trips. For many however, that is not the case. In Mecklenburg County, more than half of all students are economically disadvantaged and many of those students will show up empty handed on the first day of school in August. In honor of 30 successful years of business in the Charlotte area, Showmars, a local favorite, is partnering with WSOC TV for the 16th annual School Tools Campaign. School Tools is the largest school supply drive in the area helping thousands of local kids receive the school supplies they desperately need to start a productive year at school. The campaign runs for the entire month of August. Last year alone School Tools helped gather more than 472,000 school supplies for local students in more than 20 counties. A School Tools barrel is located at each of the 28 Showmars restaurants. School supplies including pens, pencils, glue sticks, markers and book bags are gladly accepted. Donations can be delivered to any store and dropped into the barrel. Monetary donations can also be made onwww.school-tools.org. Showmars serves fresh, made-to-order food fast in a casual, family-friendly environment. With a diverse mix of Greek, Southern and American flavors, Showmars caters to a wide customer base with signature items such as gyros, Souvlaki, pita burgers, fresh salads and its famous World’s Best Fillet of Flounder. Founded in Charlotte in 1982, Showmars has proudly served the southeast for 30 years. With its reputation of offering a broad selection of quality food at a great value, exceptional customer service and a comfortable atmosphere, it’s easy to see why everybody loves Showmars!