This week, helping local students in need is as easy as mailing a letter.
The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools is partnering with the Fort Mill Post Office and other local organizations to make sure all students who return for a new school year that begins Aug. 18 will have supplies.
On Aug. 9, leave a bag with donated items by your mailbox and it will be collected by local carriers making their rounds.
All the items collected will be taken to a distribution point, sorted, packaged and made available to parents next week. Collection efforts have been underway all summer, but Foundation Executive Director Lynn Ringley said volunteers are hoping to collect enough to get supplies to students who run out mid-year.
“Last time I checked, as a parent, my child never survives a school year without having to replenish,” Ringley said.
Fort Mill School District officials are working with the Fort Mill Times and its sister newspapers, The Herald, Lake Wylie Pilot and Enquirer-Herald, to promote an annual school supply drive.
Ringley said the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools has not only been working hard to gather supplies, but to let residents in need know they are available.
“We’ve gone door-to-door with fliers, have information at the Complex (On the Greenway), the housing authority and with Second Harvest, so hopefully the word is getting out there. Our goal is to make sure every child is ready for school,” she said.
For those who miss the Aug. 9 event but want to help, or make another contribution, supplies can be dropped off any Fort Mill school 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday-Friday. For school locations, go to www.fort-mill.k12.sc.us.
Anyone who wants to donate money can send a check or money order made out to The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools to 2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715.
Corporations interested in holding school supply drives can call Kelly McKinney, the district’s media and communications officer, at 548-8228, for assistance and information.
To receive supplies, make a donation or for more information, contact the Foundation at 803-548-5559 or Lringley@ffms.org.