School supply drive continues during tax-free weekend

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comAugust 3, 2013 

  • Rock Hill Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext.

    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.

    York

    York District Office, 1475 E. Liberty St.

    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.

    Chester County

    Chester – Alltel, 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.

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

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

    Lancaster County

    Showmars Restaurant, 9783 Charlotte Highway, Fort Mill

    Monetary donations

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

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

    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.

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

    Chester – Go to 9schooltools.com to make a direct donation.

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

    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

Tax-free weekend means plenty of families will be headed out to pick up school supplies this weekend because they know they can save some cash.

But for many families in York, Chester and Lancaster counties, even without having to pay sales tax, buying school supplies can be a financial burden.

John Kirell, principal at Rock Hill’s Belleview Elementary, remembers how exciting it was to get new school supplies before the start of each year.

“I remember, as a kid, the couple of nights before school, I’d arrange my folders and my pencil box, and it got me so ready for that first day,” he said. “Some of our kids, they don’t get that excitement.”

The annual school supply drive is a partnership between The Herald and its sister community newspapers – Fort Mill Times, Enquirer-Herald and Lake Wylie Pilot – and the school districts in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

The drive will continue through the start of the new school year, the third full week in August.

Rock Hill schools have developed a consistent list for all schools, instead of having a separate list for each. They don’t change much from year to year.

That allows stores to obtain the lists earlier, so families can be on the lookout for sales, Kirell said.

But there are still those who need the donated supplies.

“It takes a big burden off of those teachers,” he said. Without the donated supplies from the drive, teachers often have to use their classroom funds to buy items families can’t afford.

Rock Hill is always generous during the supply drive, said Jamie Quinn, principal at the Renaissance Academy.

“Rock Hill schools, in particular, just doesn’t turn its back to people in need,” Quinn said.

Sullivan Middle School Principal Michael Waiksnis said his school is also thankful for the community and the drive.

“Our students who receive the supplies are so grateful for the community’s willingness to help them,” he said.

Supply drop-off locations

Rock Hill

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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