Fort Mill Times

School supplies too expensive for some Fort Mill families

Bridgett Vettorel has been a mother to four children for a while now. But for the first time, back-to-school buying will be a concern for all of them.

“The last one just started,” the Fort Mill mom said.

Vettorel’s oldest is 13. Adding a fourth list of school supplies will up the ante on its own, she said. So will each new grade. The older the student, the more expensive the supplies, Vettorel said.

“You get more added to that list every time,” she said.

The Fort Mill School District is working with the Fort Mill Times and its sister newspapers, The Herald, the Lake Wylie Pilot and Enquirer-Herald, on a school-supply drive to assist families needing help. All schools in the district are collecting items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in August.

School starts Aug. 21

Kelly McKinney, spokeswoman for the school district, said the supply drive this year is a bit of a throwback with community members and groups bringing items directly to schools and the district office. In recent years the Fort Mill Care Center assisted in collection and distribution, but a coming move this year prohibits the center from accepting the school items.

“Everything is going along very smoothly,” McKinney said. “We just appreciate the donations.”

Churches and organizations have called the district volunteering to fill backpacks with supply lists. With the start of school coming, donations arriving sooner can be in place for the first day. But there’s no deadline.

“The schools continue to receive students over the course of the year,” McKinney said. “There’s still not really a specific cut-off.”

If you want to help without having to shop for supplies, you can donate money by sending a check or money order to The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, 2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715. Groups interested in holding school supply drives can call 548-8228.