POMEROY — Gone are the days when all the supplies a student needed to start school with was a few pencils and a pad to write on.
Today it’s a back pack, glue sticks, pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, colored pencils, binders, scissors, rulers, highlighters, index cards, pencil boxes, folders, ink pens — and the list goes on.
Because students need so many things when school begins, like new shoes, clothes, or a hair cut, and parents are so hard pressed for enough money to buy everything, the Meigs Cooperative Parish is again this year collecting school supplies for distribution to kids who need them. Last year about 150 students were given backpacks filled with basic school supplies, thanks to the generosity of others.
It’s that time of year again and the collection of supplies has begun. Several organizations around the county are in the process of getting together school supplies to donate to the Parish for the give-away, which is set for Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mulberry Community Center.
Applications will be accepted through July 27. Each registered child will receive a backpack filled with school supplies based on school district and grade.
“We have received a lot of applications this year. We hope to be able to give every student who is signed up a backpack full of supplies,” said Whitney Thoene, who is coordinating the give9-away She noted that currently approximately 110 students have been signed up for the giveaway. Currently the Parish is accepting donations to help fulfill the needs of local area students. Donation boxes have been distributed to the Pomeroy and Racine Dollar General Stores and can also be dropped off at the Mulberry Community Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community whether it is through donating supplies, money or time,” said Don Shaffer, director of the Mulberry Community Center.
The Rio Grande American Marketing Association will be present the day of the giveaway to help distribute the backpacks.
For more information about the school supply giveaway, call (740) 992-7400.