Elite DNA Therapy Services, a comprehensive behavioral and mental health care provider, is hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive throughout the month of July that will help area students and schools across the state prepare for the start of the new school year.

Through Friday, July 29, Elite DNA is collecting school supplies at more than 20 locations statewide and is calling on the community for support through donations of popular classroom items, including notebooks, college and wide-ruled paper, pocket folders, binders, pens, No. 2 and colored pencils, pink erasers, highlighters, pencil boxes, student scissors, glue sticks, wired headphones, sanitizing wipes and more. Cash donations are also accepted for supplies to be purchased by Elite DNA staff.

In Southwest Florida, the drive will benefit students in schools across Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties through the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Collier County Public Schools and Charlotte County Public Schools.

“Approaching the first day of school can prompt a spike in nerves among children, and when coupled with uncertainty over school supplies, students may experience greater feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem, affecting their productivity and readiness to learn,” said Elizabeth Dosoretz, LCSW, founder and CEO of Elite DNA Therapy Services. “Every student should be able to start their first day of school with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, so we’re calling on our communities to join us in helping alleviate back-to-school expenses for families already impacted by rising food and gas prices.”

The community is invited to drop off donations of school supplies at any Elite DNA location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Elite DNA locations across Southwest Florida include:

  • Cape Coral: 2721 Del Prado Blvd. S., Suite 200, 239-673-9034
  • Fort Myers – Metro: 4310 Metro Parkway, Suite 205, 239-223-2751
  • Fort Myers – Plantation: 6430 Plantation Park Court, Suite 200, 239-223-2751
  • Lehigh Acres: 228 Plaza Drive, Suite D, 239-491-8204
  • Naples: 2230 Venetian Court, Suite 1, 239-236-5448
  • Port Charlotte: 3191 Harbor Blvd., Suites A-B, 941-883-4518
  • Port Charlotte (Southwest Florida Counseling Center, a division of Elite DNA Therapy Services): 1777 Tamiami Trail, Suite 201, 941-249-4354

For further information and additional drop-off locations across the state, visit EliteDNA.us.

About Elite DNA Therapy Services

Elite DNA Therapy Services was founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Dosoretz, a licensed clinical social worker and mother of three, whose goal is to provide accessible, affordable mental health care to everyone. Now one of the largest mental health providers in the state, Elite DNA provides in-person and virtual behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults at more than 20 locations across Florida. Services include psychiatry, psychology, medication management, substance use treatment, TMS therapy for depression, occupational therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysis and targeted case management services. Elite DNA accepts a large variety of insurances, including Medicaid/Medicare and has a self-pay sliding scale for established patients. For more information, visit EliteDNA.us.