MARLBOROUGH - Employees at Dow Chemical's Marlborough site recently partnered with the United Way of Tri-County and Marlborough Community Services to collect school supplies and funds to support the United Way's annual "Tools for Schools" backpack drive. Dow employees collected enough supplies and critical funds to fill nearly 80 backpacks, a record--breaking donation for the site in its ninth year of participation in the drive. Employees assembled the donations, which included a frinedly note to students during a "Backpack Stuffing Party" in August at the site. The backpacks were distributed by the United Way of Tri-County to local children throughout the community to help them prepare for success in the classroom this year."At Dow, we are dedicated to building the workforce of tomorrow," said Jim Fahey, president of Dow Electronic Materials. "Part of that commitment means ensuring that children have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. We are proud to be part of this initiative nine years in a row."Each year, the United Way of Tri-County collects backpacks from 30 companies and 19 community agencies to support Marlborough community youth. Dow's commitment with the United Way is a tradition that spans nearly 80 years. Dow employees across North America help their local communities and neighbors by donating money and spending time volunteering.