Stick to basics when donating school supplies

news@lakewyliepilot.comJuly 23, 2013 

— When it comes to school supplies, meeting basic needs can help students at all grade levels.

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 a partnership between the school districts and The Herald and its sister community newspapers – Lake Wylie Pilot, Enquirer-Herald and Fort Mill Times.

Clover High Principal Mark Hopkins said when it comes to getting school supplies ready, “It’s a different beast for us.”

“We offer so many different courses, there’s no way to present a supply list for every teacher and every course,” he said.

That’s why he says when it comes to donating school supplies “stick with the basics,” like folders, notebooks, pens, pencils and paper.

He said even “flash drives are going the way of floppy discs.” Because flash drives can carry viruses, he said, Clover High School students save work to Skydrive while working at the school.

“Eventually, each student will have their own Skydrive account,” he said.

In fact, he said, although the school system is not quite there yet, he expects to be there in the next year or so.

Along with school supplies, Hopkins said, the key for students’ success is being ready to learn.

“The biggest thing is to make sure you’re ready to be in class at 8:25 a.m. when the bell rings,” he said. ‘The most important time of the day is during the instructional period between bells, and we expect their best effort.”

Want to give?

School supplies needed: 3-ring binders (1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, 5-inch), backpacks, Clorox wipes, colored pencils, construction paper, crayons, dividers, dry erase markers, facial tissue, flash drive, folders with prongs, glue sticks, graph paper, hand sanitizer, handheld pencil sharpeners, highlighters, index cards, ink pens, loose leaf notebook paper (college and wide rule), Lysol, Marble composition notebooks, markers, pencil pouches, pencils, pocket folders, Post It Notes, ruler, scissors, spiral notebooks, staples, tape, white copy paper, Zip Lock bags.

Monetary donations: Checks may be made out to Clover School District Supply Drive. Donations may be dropped off at Clover School District office, 604 Bethel St., Clover; or Clover Community Bank locations.

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