As the countdown continues to the first day of school, local retailers have begun advertising back-to-school sales and bargains on school supplies.
And while low-priced notebooks and pencils might make school supplies seem affordable, when you stack up what it takes to outfit every student for the first day of school, that number gets very big very fast.
To help area families start the school year off right without adding to their financial burden, The Herald and its sister community newspapers the Fort Mill Times, the Enquirer-Herald in York and Clover, and the Lake Wylie Pilot are again partnering with local school districts to gather supplies for children from less fortunate families.
Those whod like to buy supplies to donate should be sure to read the fine print before snatching up deals. Stores often have limits on the number of items that can be purchased at super-low prices, like 1-cent erasers or folders. Some retailers have a minimum purchase price to get deals.
Many stores spread their deals out over the school shopping season. While composition books might be on sale one week, pencils wont be until the next, so savvy shoppers will buy a little throughout the shopping season, instead of making a single large purchase at one time.
The Heralds school supply drive, which is in its seventh year, will continue for the next several weeks. While the list of supplies is the same for all districts, each has its own drop-off locations. Monetary donations are also accepted.
Supply Drop-off Locations
Chester School District, 509 District Office Drive
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.
First Baptist Church Fort Mill, 121 Monroe White St.; Fort Mill High School, 225 Munn Road; Fort Mill School District Office, 2233 Deerfield Drive; Shutterfly Inc., 1000 Shutterfly Blvd., July 5-Aug 4.
Lancaster School District, 300 S. Catawba St.
Rock Hill Schools Administrative Office, 660 N. Anderson Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
York District Office, 1475 E. Liberty St.
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072