United Way’s annual countywide School Supply Drive kicks off
“Back-to-school” ads abound and the calendar is about to turn to August. That means it’s time to Stuff the Bus in Logan County.
The United Way of Logan County’s annual countywide School Supply Drive begins this week and runs through Aug. 22.
Four dozen locations throughout the county are collecting items that will be sorted and delivered for use in every Logan County school.
“I know the United Way Stuff the Bus project is a tremendous blessing for students and staff at Indian Lake,” said Rob Underwood, Indian Lake Schools superintendent and a United Way Board member.
“Not only does it provide the necessary supplies for our students to receive a quality education, but it is also a significant sign of community support for our schools.”
Sally Stolly, director of administrative services at Benjamin Logan Schools and a United Way Board member, said the costs to buy all the supplies needed for a student this year could easily range between $75 and $100.
“This collection is a way for the community to help all area students start the school year on strong footing,” Stolly said. “Helping out with school supplies can relieve some of the cost burden on families. Without worrying about missing necessary tools, children can focus on learning.”
The United Way encourages you to pick up an item or two next time you’re out running errands and drop it off at one of the collection sites.
Items being collected include: bookbags, binders, colored pencils, compositon notebooks, crayons, disinfecting wipes, dry erase markers, elastic waist pants and shorts, erasers, folders, glue and glue sticks, hand sanitizer, headphones, highlighters, index cards, markers, notebooks (college and wide-ruled), paper, paper towels, pencils, pencil bags, pens (blue and black), Post-it Notes, rulers, sandwich bags, school boxes, scissors, socks, tissues, underwear, water bottles and watercolor paint.
Drop off your donations at any of the four dozen workplaces, retail sites, or churches that are serving as collection sites:
AGC Automotive; Agiliti; Alan Galvez Insurance; Anytime Fitness; Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church; Belletech; Buckeye State Bank; Calvary Christian Church; Citizens Federal Savings & Loan; City of Bellefontaine Municipal Building; Civista Bank – West Liberty Branch; Community Health & Wellness Partners; Daido Metal USA; Family Chiropractic Center of Bellefontaine; First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine; Global Precision Products; Golden Reserve; Green Hills Community; Hilliker YMCA; Honda Transmission, Mfg., Russells Point; Huntsville United Methodist Church; Indian Lake Community Church; Indian Lake Outfitters; Jacobs Auto Repair; Lakeview Liquidation; Logan County Chamber of Commerce; Logan County Government Annex Building; Logan County Libraries (all branches); Marker, Inc.; Mary Rutan Hospital; Maze Hearing & Balance; NX Automotive Logistics, USA; PCPI Plastics; Richwood Bank (Bellefontaine and Huntsville Branches); Shelley Materials; Sloan Insurance Center; SpartanNash; Steve Austin’s Auto Group; Transportation Research Center; United Way of Logan County (653 S. Main St., Bellefontaine); Village of West Liberty Town Hall Building; and World Class Plastics.
Do you want to collect at your workplace or church? Call the United Way at (937) 592-2886 or e-mail melody to get a collection bin and fliers to help us promote the project.
All items collected will be sorted and delivered to the following school districts on Friday, Aug. 26: Bellefontaine City Schools, Benjamin Logan Local Schools, Calvary Christian School, Indian Lake Local Schools, Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside Local Schools and West Liberty-Salem Schools.
The United Way encourages anyone who needs supplies to wait until the collection is complete and supplies are delivered to each school.
You can then contact you school office after Monday, Aug. 29, to let them know you need to access the United Way school supplies and they will allow you to select what you need.