1 Germany star Lars Bender Arsenal target Lars Bender is being tracked by Spanish giants Barcelona.The Bayer Leverkusen man has watched his reputation steadily climb since he left Bayern Munich for more first-team opportunities in 2009.The defensive midfielder – the exact sort of player large sections of Arsenal fans believe the club is crying out for – has been impressive once again this season, helping his side up to sixth in the table.The 25-year-old, whose twin brother Sven plays for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, has been repeatedly watched by Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.Leverkusen are well aware they have a star in their ranks and have tied the anchorman down to a long-term deal until 2019 so any transfer fee would have to start at around £25m.
Sixth-grade supplies for Covington Middle School, Evergreen Public Schools, purchased at a Target store:2-inch, 3-ring binder: $3.79.No. 2 Ticonderoga pencils: $2.89.Loose-leaf notebook paper: 99 cents.Highlighter: $1.50.Pink Pearl eraser: 52 cents.Blue or black pens: $3.99.Ruler: 99 cents.Binder dividers, five pack: 97 cents.3-inch-by-3-inch Post-It notes, store brand: $2.09.Glue stick: 50 cents.Scissors: $1.89.100-sheet composition books; 3 at $1.50 each: $4.50.Pencil sharpener: 90 cents.Colored pencils: $2.99.3-pronged pocket folders: 15 cents.Dry Erase white-board marker: $2.54.Two boxes of tissues: $3.Ream of printer paper: $3.14.Thumb drive: $8.99.Sturdy Swiss Gear backpack: $40.Spiderman lunch box: $9.99.Total: $96.32Evergreen Stuff the BusWhen: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.Where: Parking lot of Spanky’s Legendary Consignment, 13503 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.Why: Goal is to fill two school buses with new backpacks and school supplies that will be donated to low-income students in Evergreen Public Schools. Cash donations will be used to purchase school supplies.Donations: The Fishers Landing Burgerville, 16416 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., will donate a percentage of Wednesday’s sales to the foundation. Customers can also bring supplies to the fast-food restaurant.Information: 360-604-4022.On the Web: Evergreen School District FoundationNorth County School Readiness DayWhen: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.Where: Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground.Why: Ensures students from low-income families in north Clark County are ready for the new school year by providing backpacks filled with school supplies, gently-used clothing, free immunizations, food, more.Donations: Battle Ground Public Schools, Sea Mar Community Health Center, North County Community Food Bank, Adventist Community Services Food Bank, Sharing Is Caring, service clubs and individuals.Volunteers: They are still needed to help organize the clothing. Eligible students must qualify for free or reduced lunch program to participate.Information: 360-566-4410 or 360-566-4427.On the Web: School Readiness DayFoundation for Vancouver Public SchoolsWhere: Drop donations at the district office, 2901 Falk Road.What: Most needed items are backpacks, composition books, 2-inch ring binders, index dividers, colored pencils, protractors, wood rulers, pencil boxes, jump drives, new socks, underwear and boxes of tissue. No lunch boxes or bags or glue sticks.