CLOVER -- The Lake Wylie Pilot, sister newspaper The Herald and the Clover School District are teaming up to launch the second annual back to school supply drive beginning today.
"If we thought there was a need last year, it has been multiplied many times over this year with the state of the economy," The Herald's publisher Debbie Abels said. "Many families are struggling to keep food on the table."
Having the right gear for school is vital, Clover Superintendent Marc Sosne said.
"Children who come to school prepared do better," he said. "They need the proper materials."
Supplies needed include notebook paper, pencils and crayons. New school supplies will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Clover School District administrative office, 604 Bethel St. Supplies also may be dropped off at the Pilot office, 8 Executive Court, Lake Wylie. The drives ends Aug. 10.
In Clover, 30 percent or 1,850 students received free or reduced lunch last year, Sosne said.
"If everyone who has the means will chip in a little, we can get all of our children started off on the right foot this school year," Abels said.
Last year, the Rock Hill community donated enough supplies during a two-week period to help Rock Hill students.
"In only two weeks, we had enough supplies to assist 600 children," Abels said. "We're asking for the community's help again in contributing to the school supply drive."
This year's campaign will benefit students across York County, including those who attend Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and Clover schools.
School supplies needed include wide- and college-rule notebook paper; scissors; crayons; pencils; index cards, glue sticks; dry erase markers; plastic storage school boxes; zipper pencil pouches; highlighters; black "marble" wide-rule composition notebooks; erasers; subject dividers; colored pencils; spiral composition notebooks; folders with prongs and pockets; black and blue ink pens; one-, two- and three-inch binders; non-spiral composition notebooks; markers; loose-leaf paper; scientific calculators; graph paper; compasses; rulers; combination locks; three-prong folders; book covers; page protectors; and flash drives. For more information, call 803-547-2353.