HAMLET — Richmond County residents can help students in need by donating school supplies during the fifth annual “Stuff the Bus” school supplies drive.
Richmond County Schools, the United Way of Richmond County, Communities in Schools and Walmart will team up once more to host the drive.
This year’s Stuff the Bus event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Rockingham Walmart location.
Richmond County Schools has participated in the “School Tools” initiative sponsored by WSOC-TV Channel 9 for several years.
“United Way of Richmond County believes that the inability to afford school supplies should not be an obstacle to a child’s success,” Michelle Parrish of the United Way said in a statement. “One way that we are working to advance the good of all is to ensure that when school starts this year, every child has the ability to return to the classroom with all of the supplies that are needed for them to be successful.”
Communities in Schools Executive Director Fallon Brewington said that many families of school-aged students benefit largely from community outreach.
“Communities in Schools focuses on five basics,” Brewington said in a release. “The third basic is a healthy start and a healthy future. Children can’t concentrate on schoolwork if they don’t even have the basic tools needed, such as school supplies. When families are in need (and often unsure about how to get help from the labyrinth of public agencies), it’s up to the community to step in.”
Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25 for Richmond County public school students.
For more information, contact Parrish at the United Way of Richmond County office, 910-997-2173, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.