Annual school supply drive kicks off for York, Chester, Lancaster schools

With just under seven weeks to go until area students head back to school, it is time once again for the purchasing of pencils and notebooks and every other school supply.

And while, for some, this is an exciting time of year, for others, shopping for school supplies presents an enormous and sometimes insurmountable financial burden.

That’s why, once again, The Herald and its sister community newspapers – the Fort Mill Times, the Enquirer-Herald in York and Clover, and the Lake Wylie Pilot – are partnering with school districts in York, Chester and Lancaster counties to gather supplies for children from less fortunate families.

“If you're looking for a way to make a difference, the School Supply Drive is an easy choice,” said Debbie Abels, The Herald’s president and publisher. “You can help a child feel confident and ready the first day of school.”

Last year, in Rock Hill alone, 1,000 students benefited from items donated during the supply drive, said Serena Williams, coordinator of community services in the Rock Hill school district.

“We anticipate that the need will be the same (this year),” Williams said, calling the drive “critically important.”

In the Clover school district, with the school supply drive and other support from community partnerships and donors, the district hopes to help 500 students start off the year, said district spokesman Mychal Frost.

The supply drive, which is in its seventh year, starts on Monday. While the list of supplies is the same for all districts, each has its own drop-off locations.