School supply drive kicks off for Chester, Lancaster, York counties

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 13, 2013 

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    Supply drop-off locations

    Chester: In the city of Chester: Alltell, 1841 J.A. Cochran Bypass; Chester ARP Church, 109 Wylie Street; Chester City Hall, 100 W. End Street; Chester County Chamber of Commerce, 109 Gadsden Street; Chester County Library, 100 Center Street; Chester County Sheriff’s Department, 2740 Dawson Drive; Dollar General, 123 Cestrain Square; First Baptist Church, 102 Chester Street; Hy-Gloss Paint and Body Shop, 747 Wilson Road; Lowrys Family Medicine, 517 Doctors Court; PPG Industries, 1497 Lancaster Highway; ResCare HomeCare, 120 Main St.; Sandy River Baptist Church, 1184 Lowrys Highway; Security Finance, 1841 J.A. Cochran Bypass; Temple of Praise Missionary Baptist Church, 112 Baptist St.; The Arts Council, 123 Main St.; The Chester Market of Cotton Hills Farm, 2575 Lowrys Highway; True Gospel Church of God, 552 Ashford Road; TruVista, 112 York St.; United Hospice of the Piedmont, 118 York St.; Winters Law Firm, 105 Main St.

    In Great Falls: Dollar General, 516 Chester Ave.; Lowrys Family Medicine, 308 Chester Ave.

    In Richburg: Lowry’s Family Medicine, 3912 Lewisville High School Road.

    Clover: Clover School District, 604 Bethel St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Clover Community Bank, 124 Old N. Main St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Clover Community Bank-Lake Wylie, 5196 Charlotte Highway, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Fort Mill: Any school location, Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in July; Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in August.

    Lancaster: Fort Mill: Showmars Restaurant, 9783 Charlotte Highway.

    Rock Hill: Rock Hill Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint St. Extension.

    York: York District Office, 1475 East Liberty Street

    Monetary donations

    Chester: Visit www.9schooltools.com to give a direct donation.

    Clover: Send a donation to Clover School District School Supply Drive, 604 Bethel Street, Clover, S.C. 29710.

    Fort Mill: Send a donation to The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, 2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715

    Lancaster: Send a donation to Communities in Schools, P.O. Box 3241, Lancaster, S.C. 29721.

    Rock Hill: Send a donation to Rock Hill School District Foundation, P.O. Box 12286, Rock Hill, S.C. 29730

    York: Make a check out to “York School District One School Supply Account,” and send to the York School District Office, 1475 E. Liberty Street, York, S.C. 29745.

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    •  backpacks

    •  three-ring binders

    •  dividers

    •  clear page protectors

    •  non-sticky book covers

    •  construction paper

    •  graph paper

    •  notebook paper

    •  white copy paper

    •  spiral notebooks

    •  composition notebooks

    •  folders with prongs and pockets

    •  index cards

    •  Post-it notes

    •  pencil pouches

    •  rulers

    •  staples

    •  tape

    •  scissors

    •  handheld pencil sharpeners

    •  glue sticks

    •  glue bottles

    •  Sharpie markers

    •  highlighters

    •  markers

    •  ink pens

    •  pencils

    •  quart and gallon resealable plastic bags

    •  Clorox or Lysol wipes

    Lysol, tissues

    •  hand sanitizer.

For many local families, mid-July means settling down from the Fourth of July holiday and settling in for the last month of lazy, hazy summer days.

But it also means that planning for back to school is just a few weeks ago. Among the most important preparations are gathering school supplies.

The Herald and its sister community newspapers - the Fort Mill Times, the Enquirer-Herald in York and Clover, and the Lake Wylie Pilot - are once again partnering with local school districts to gather supplies for children from less fortunate families.

"Feeling happy and confident on the first day of school can make all the difference for a child’s outlook about the coming year,” said Debbie Abels, The Herald’s president and publisher. “The Herald is proud to be the partner to area schools in organizing a community-wide effort to get our kids off to a strong start."

Last year, the Rock Hill school district gave supplies to 2,000 students, Clover helped more than 500 and York helped more than 250. Lancaster County schools report giving more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to its students.

“The school supplies donated do make a difference for students and their families dealing with financial stresses, and are also much appreciated by our teachers,” said Agnes Slayman, superintendent of the Chester County school district.

Four out of five Chester County students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“The school supply drive is extremely important to the students in this district,” said Clover school district attendance officer Marguerite Brown-Canty. “These donations help parents who are unemployed or under-employed have the necessary items their students need to have a good start to a great school year.”

The supply drive, which is in its sixth year, starts on Monday. While the list of supplies is the same for all districts, each has its own drop-off locations.

Want to help?

Supplies needed

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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