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2014 School Supply Drive For Cleveland County Schools
The 2014 School Supply drive for Cleveland County Schools students is underway, collecting needed items for children. In Cleveland County Schools, 63% of approximately 15,000 students (6800 elementary, 3600 middle, 4600 high school) live in poverty (based on free / reduced lunch status). Access to basic needs such as school supplies, contributes to their success in school. A big thank you to the businesses, faith partners, agencies and individuals who have stepped up to make a difference in the lives of these children. Take a look below at how you can be a part of this campaign with Communities In Schools, and make a difference for children in our community.
Cleveland County Manufacturers, their partners and employees have shown their support for students in Cleveland County Schools for the fourth year in a row. Manufacturers, including Hanwha, PPG Industries and Clearwater Paper understand the connection between preparing youth for a successful future and the positive effect this has on our community. They give back in a big way. In this annual campaign, manufacturers purchase book bags and school supplies, and employees and partners make donations of cash and supplies to fill the hundreds of backpacks for Cleveland County students in elementary, middle and high school. Employees of these manufacturers drive this campaign, by giving their time to fill the bags with supplies, tag them by grade level so they can be quickly distributed, and transport them to a central location for distribution. A big thank you to Hanwha Corporation, PPG Industries, Clearwater Paper Corporation and their suppliers, Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington, Asheville Rubber & Gasket, International Paper, Applied Industrial Technologies, Fastenal, Maco, Rexel and Wesco.
Walmart and its employees continue to step up and give back to children through their partnership in the campaign to Build A Backpack, which is part of the year round support of education that Walmart provides to Cleveland County Schools and partner, Communities In Schools. Bins located at the front of the stores collect supplies. Store associates also compete to collect the most donations from customers to fill the bins with supplies such as paper, pencils, scissors, art pencils, glue and more. Walmart’s partnership helps ensure that students begin the year ready to learn, and that supplies continue to be available into the first weeks of school, and for teachers to distribute in their classrooms. Walmart employees enthusiastically participate in the campaign and share the need with customers.
WSOC’s Family Focus School Tools campaign provides community awareness of the need for school supplies in the Channel 9 viewing area. The School Tools project included a Postal Drive on August 9th for the community to leave bagged school supplies by their mailbox to be delivered to Communities In Schools for distribution to Cleveland County Schools students, and donation barrels at School Tools partner location, Shomars of Shelby.
In addition to these community campaigns, Communities In Schools partners have placed donation barrels in locations throughout the county to collect supplies to be delivered to students. Those barrels are located at: Truliant Federal Credit Union, Kings Mountain Senior Center, Shelby Senior Center, Cleveland County Schools Central Services, Hospice of Wendover, Casar Baptist Church, Elizabeth Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain and Zoar Baptist Church.
Much hard work, sweat and energy have gone into collecting supplies, stuffing bags and delivering items to the children. This effort is making an impact for the nearly 9,500 children who need the basics to start school prepared to learn. The most needed items for donation include backpacks, three inch three-ring binders and scientific calculators. For more information on how you can coparticipate, please call Communities In Schools of Cleveland County at 704-480-5569.
–Provided by Meranda Hendrick

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