POMEROY — More than 240 backpacks have been filled with school supplies and are ready for distribution to Meigs County students, grades K through 12, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Mulberry Community Center in Pomeroy.
The annual project of the Meigs Cooperative Parish with support from the community is carried out each year to assist families as they prepare their children to begin a new school year. Each backpack is designated for a specific student and filled with supplies needed by that student for his or her grade level.
Registrations were taken earlier this month. Supplies which remain after all the backpacks have been filled will be distributed to any students who did not register.
Parish volunteer Whitney Thoene advises that students must come to the Center to claim their pack packs. Parents cannot pick them up for their children.
Students in the Rio Grande Marketing Association chaired by Wesley Thoene will be on hand to assist in the distribution of the backpacks which will be handed out as each student registers.
Since the program of distributing school supplies started, numerous organizations have contributed.
One of the largest has been the Bethany Sonshine Circle and the Racine Area Community Organization (RACO). This year the two groups spent nearly $500 on school supplies including everything from back packs to bottles of glue, from pencil pouches to packages of loose leaf paper, from crayons to colored pencils, and from scissors to spiral notebooks.
The goal of the project is to see that every child enters school with the supplies needed to do the required class work.