Chester County organizations support school supply drive

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 20, 2013 

  • 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: Go to www.9schooltools.com to make 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.

    Needed supplies

    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.

With just a few weeks to go before the first yellow buses take to the streets and the first bells ring, back-to-school shopping is kicking into gear, and that includes school supplies.

Many local organizations and businesses in Chester County are serving as drop-off sites for school supplies, so people can donate anywhere that may be convenient.

Lauren Medlin, director of the Arts Council of Chester, said this is the first year the council has participated.

“We feel that it’s a great thing for the community and we want to help out and we do have a lot of children who come to our art classes,” she said.

She said spending time with the kids that attend Chester County schools, either through art classes or other partnerships in the district, really makes the council want to support area children.

“We know things are needed in the schools and being involved with them just makes us want to support them even more,” she said.

Katherine Cummings knows firsthand how expensive purchasing school supplies can be . Her children attend a year-round school and she already had to do her school supply shopping.

“My kids started back a week and a half ago and I had to buy two different sheets of supplies and it was not cheap,” she said.

Cummings is a librarian at the Chester County Library, another donation site. She said very few supplies have been dropped off so far. She said the drive is a good idea, and hopes more adults will participate as the start of school gets closer.

At the Arts Council, Medlin said a few items had been donated,

At the Alltell Wireless in the Chester Crossing Shopping Center, workers there said many have dropped off supplies.

“We got the little bin up by the front of the store,” said wireless consultant Brent Humphries. “It’s got a lot of stuff in it.”

Four out of five Chester County students qualify for free or reduced lunch and Agnes Slayman, superintendent of the Chester County school district, said the donated school supplies make a difference to students and parents in the district.

The annual school supply drive is a partnership between The Herald and its sister community newspapers - the Fort Mill Times, the Enquirer-Herald in York and Clover, and the Lake Wylie Pilot - and the school districts of Chester, Clover, York, Lancaster, Rock Hill and Fort Mill. The drive will continue through the start of the new school year during the third full week in August.

Supply drop-off locations

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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