In less than two weeks, students across York, Chester and Lancaster counties will head back to school to start the 2014-2015 school year.
For the last month, The Herald and its sister community newspapers – Fort Mill Times, Enquirer-Herald of York and Clover, and Lake Wylie Pilot – have been working to gather school supplies so that every student can start the academic year off right, no matter their financial status at home.
The Herald’s annual drive officially ended Monday and most districts report that the community once again stepped up to meet the needs of all students.
In Fort Mill, before all the supplies had even been picked up, Foundation for Fort Mill Schools president Lynn Ringley reported that the district had around 300 backpacks stuffed and ready to go.
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The Lancaster County school district collected about 1,500 pounds in supplies, said Max Melton, the executive director of Communities in Schools of Lancaster County.
The response has been similar in Chester County, where a rainy Saturday “Pack the Bus” event helped the district gather about 20 boxes of paper, pencils, notebooks, glue and more, said district spokesperson Brooke Clinton. She was expecting even more materials to come in this week.
While the Rock Hill school district didn’t have exact totals as of Wednesday, coordinator of community services Serena Williams reported that donations had once again been generous.
But in the York School District, the community response has been a little disappointing.
“We have approximately just enough supplies for about 20 students,” said district staff member Gloria Sharp.
But, Sharp said she was confident more supplies would come in before the first day of school.
Anyone who wishes to donate school supplies can do so by dropping them off at their nearest public school.