FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — With the first day of school just six weeks away, parents and school district staff are already thinking about the basics of school instruction: paper, pencils and notebooks.
District officials are working with The Herald and its community publications: the Fort Mill Times, Lake Wylie Pilot and Enquirer-Herald, to launch their annual school supply drive aimed at insuring all students have the materials they need.
Individually, school supplies may not seem costly. The price of crayons or a pack of notebook paper can be under $1, but those costs add up when parents are faced with a school supply list that’s a page or more long. Backpacks are a big, expense item and supplies like index cards and binders can quickly run up a bill at the store.
It can be especially costly for parents with more than one student, said Sugar Creek Elementary School Principal Michelle Gritz.
“They have multiple children and as they get older the items get more expensive,” she said.
It’s important that no student goes without, she added. At Sugar Creek, Gritz said that without school supply donations there would be students who would not have the supplies they need.
“You do realize some kids need more than others. That’s where donations come in. No one looks different. Parents want to provide for their kids and we want them to feel like they can. We have supplies so no one feels like they can’t,” she said.
Donated supplies can be dropped off any Fort Mill school. In July, drop off hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday; In August, supplies can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday-Friday. For school locations, go to www.fort-mill.k12.sc.us.
Anyone who wants to donate money can send a check or money order made out to The Foundation for Fort Mill Schools to 2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715.
Corporations interested in holding school supply drives can contact Kelly McKinney, the district’s media and communications officer, at 548-8228, for assistance and information.
“It’s another way of seeing how much the community supports the school and how much the school is driven by the community,” Gritz said.