Pencils for Permits

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One of the Texas Panhandle’s biggest attractions is now giving you the opportunity to enjoy it for free.

 Palo Duro Canyon State Park is helping kids with going back to school.
Jeff Davis, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park interpreter says, “This is the first annual Pencils for Permits Drive. It’s to benefit I Heart Canyon, which is a local organization that is raising school supplies for kids in the area to help them be successful in school.”
The drive is meant to aid children, but it is also beneficial for those who help.

“We are gathering donations,” explained Davis. “We are going to have people donate three items, per person, to get their entry fee waived. Their $5 entry fee to enter the park will be waived.”
With the park now helping i heart canyon with the drive, their goals have increased from previous years.
Davis says, “Last year, I think, I Heart Canyon had a goal of 1,000 backpacks, and this year they increased that to 1,500 backpacks to fill with supplies for kids. So, we’re really looking to help them with that effort.”
School supplies for children can be expensive, that’s why the park says it’s so important to help.

“Kids in the area often are struggling, their families struggle financially, and providing $50, $60, $70 worth of school supplies can be difficult for some of them,” says Davis. “Those are things they need to be successful in school. We feel like it’s an easy way for us as a member of the community to give back and help them out. It’s also an easy way for people from the community to come and help out.”
The entrance fee to the park is waived, however other fees are not.
Davis says, “For campers, you still have to pay your camping entry fee, but you don’t have to pay the entry fee portion of the camping. So, it will save you $5 per person per day.”

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