CLOVER — About 500 Clover students need help preparing for the new school year to start Aug. 21, and you can help.
“There’s nothing like being successfully prepared the first day of school,” said Oakridge Middle School Principal Will Largen. “It’s really all about preparation. It’s simple yet its so, so important.”
Largen said programs like summer reading along with having needed school supplies, helps students “hit the ground running in the fall, and it’s a great way to start the school when you’re ready to go.”
To ensure students have the supplies they need, all four York County school districts have launched their annual drives for school supplies. The drives are the product of a partnership between the school districts and The Herald and its sister community newspapers – Lake Wylie Pilot, Enquirer-Herald and Fort Mill Times.
“It’s extremely important to give students tools to have successful school year,” said Marguerite Brown-Canty, attendance officer for Clover School District. “We know at least they’re ready for instruction and able to carry out with what is needed in academics.”
She anticipates the number of students needing help getting school supplies will be similar to last year’s 500.
“I don’t think that’s going to change,” she said. “It really helps them.”
Supplies and monetary donations may be dropped off at Clover School District office on Bethel Street in Clover, or at Clover Community Bank locations in Lake Wylie and Clover.
While all the supplies on the list are needed, every year “book bags have always been the biggest need,” Brown-Canty said explaining they often run out, as well as three-pronged folders. “Then they always need paper, pens and pencils.”
Donations will be collected through Aug. 9. Supplies will be distributed from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at Clover School District Resource Center, 300 Clinton Ave.
“Anyone who comes and says they have a need we will serve,” she said. “We just want to do as much as we can to serve students in our community.”
Largen said the business community has been supportive in the past, and “I encourage businesses to donate school supplies because we will get those into kid’s hands from day one.”
School supplies donations also are helpful year round.
“In the past, all the donations we’ve used we’ve used yearlong,” said Lori Maczko, former assistant principal at Oakridge Middle School who will be principal for grades 3 through 5 at Crowders Creek Elementary. “It is really critical. Something as simple as a $1 package of paper goes a long way for one child.”
It’s also good for a student’s self esteem.
“For them to know they have what they need and aren’t singled out, it’s a big help,” Brown-Canty said. “It’s a successful situation all the way around.”
Maczko knows from her four years at OMS how greatly items are appreciated.
“We’re lucky to live in a community that really values education and grateful for anything we can get,” she said.
Largen also thanks parents for their part preparing students.
“We start right into daily lessons on day one because kids are ready to go,” he said, “and I attribute a lot of that to parents.”
Want to give?
Donations may be dropped off at Clover School District office, 604 Bethel St., Clover; or Clover Community Bank locations: 5196 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie; or 124 N. Main St., Clover.