The four school districts in York County are preparing to begin their annual school supply drives next week.
The school supply collections will begin July 7 and continue through Aug. 4. All four districts are accepting donated supplies and cash, used to purchase supplies.
For the past several years, the four districts have teamed up to organize and promote the drive with The Herald and its three community publications, the Enquirer-Herald, Lake Wylie Pilot and Fort Mill Times .
Maria Duncan, human resources director with the York school district, said the donated supplies help a lot of families.
“With the way the economy has been for the past several years, this has really helped our children get off to school on the right foot,” she said.
“It also assists their parents, that they don’t have to go out and purchase additional supplies,” Duncan said. “We try to supply them with the nuts and bolts that the community so generously provides.”
Parents, Duncan said, “are able to put that little extra money into some other things.”
Mychal Frost, spokesman for the Clover School District, said the donated supplies affect the confidence of students on the first day of school.
“Entering school with the necessary supplies alleviates the financial stress that comes with the beginning of each new school year,” Frost said.
Through the drive and other community partnerships, he said, the Clover district expects to help about 500 students get off the year to a great start.
Frost said supplies will be distributed during a back-to-school bash in cooperation with Roosevelt Community Watch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the District Resource Center.