YORK COUNTY — Beth Baker, a social worker with the York school district, sees the benefit every year of school supplies donated by the community.
“Those supplies we get are just so helpful,” said Baker, one of two York school social workers.
“A lot of times parents are unemployed or they have run up against unforeseen hardships, and the supplies help the kids have what they need.”
To ensure that all students have the supplies they need when school bells ring Aug. 21, all four York County school districts have launched annual drives for school supplies.
The drives are a partnership between the schools and The Herald and the paper’s sister community newspapers – the Enquirer-Herald, Lake Wylie Pilot and Fort Mill Times.
As many as 800 students in the York and Clover district will be helped by the supplies.
Clover High Principal Mark Hopkins said that when it comes to getting school supplies ready, “It’s a different beast for us.”
“We offer so many different courses, there’s no way to present a supply list for every teacher and every course,” he said.
That’s why Hopkins says that when it comes to donating school supplies “stick with the basics,” like folders, notebooks, pens, pencils and paper.
Baker said the York community has been tremendously supportive of schools in helping fill the need.
“Folks have always been supportive of our district,” she said.
Baker also said that the children really appreciate the supplies.
“They want to have what they need, and we want them to be able to start on a good note. They are very appreciative of everything that is done for them,” she said.
Supplies and monetary donations may be dropped off in York at the York School District Office on East Liberty Street, and in Clover at the Clover School District office on Bethel Street in Clover, or at Clover Community Bank locations in Lake Wylie and Clover.
Donations will be collected through Aug. 9.
York distributes donated supplies through each school.
In Clover, supplies will be distributed from 8 a.m. until noon Aug. 10 at the Clover School District Resource Center, 300 Clinton Ave.