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 childs outlook about the coming year, said Debbie Abels, The Heralds 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?
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072