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Wanted: school items for needy kids

CLOVER -- Some students attending Clover schools have a grave problem.

At the end of each school day, they do not have a home to lay their heads down at night.

For those homeless students, surviving day-to-day triumphs other expenses, including purchasing school supplies. But finding money for school supplies will be one less thing Clover's needy students will have to worry about.

That's because the Lake Wylie Pilot, along with its sister newspaper The Herald and the Sheriff's Foundation of York County Inc., are sponsoring a school supply drive to make sure no York County student returns to school without the supplies they need.

"It's especially important in these tough times for people to help their neighbors," Community Publications Director Patricia Larson said. "Something as basic as providing school supplies for our students is an easy way to help."

The second annual back-to-school supply drive ends Monday, Aug. 10.

In Clover, there were 78 homeless students during the 2008-'09 school year, said Ron Wright, Clover schools' assistant superintendent for administrative services. The year before, Clover schools were a daytime home to 27 homeless students, Wright said.

The rising numbers show the dire plight for some who are in need, Wright said.

"There is a need," Wright said. "For homeless students, everything is harder when they go to school, whether it's (purchasing) supplies or transportation."

And filling a school supply list that can easily top $25 most times comes in last on their survival list, he said.

"A homeless student usually has such limited resources," Wright said. "It's just not easy for them."

Organizers are seeking basic school supplies, such as notebook paper, pencils and crayons.

New school supplies can be dropped off between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday at the York School District administrative office at 1475 E. Liberty St. until Aug. 10.

For details, please call 547-2353.