CHRIS KIEFFER: Groups pitch in to donate needed school supplies

As another school year begins during a time when many people are struggling financially, groups are helping out by donating school supplies to needy children.
The North Mississippi Medical Center recently provided 10,750 packets of school supplies to students in 28 public elementary schools in 10 school districts in eight counties.
AT&T Pioneers also donated supplies to Shannon Primary and Shannon Elementary Schools in the Lee County School District.
Another particularly impressive project involved an entire community during the month of July. Volunteers from the Tupelo Mayor’s Task Force on Education spent three hot Saturdays during the month standing in the parking lot of Walmart and Kroger stores to collect school supplies donated by community members.
Their efforts were rewarded by the generosity of both Tupelo residents and members of neighboring communities who also helped out.
Once all of the school supplies were collected, their total monetary value was calculated at $8,306.51. That included 192 glue sticks, 307 bottles of glue, 748 folders, 437 packets of notebook paper, 903 boxes of 24-pack crayons, 1,047 one-subject composition books, 926 rulers and 7,481 pencils.
Other donated items included book covers, highlighters, calculators, staplers, index cards, pencil sharpeners, markers, erasers, Kinder Mats, pencil tablets, copy paper, construction paper, graph paper, backpacks, pencil pouches, plastic storage bins, tape, scissors and three-ring binders.
All of the collected goods were given to school counselors to be distributed to needy students in the Tupelo Public School District.
The group also collected $2,019.30 in cash and checks, brining its grand total of money and school supplies to $10,325.81. Much of the donated money will be used to buy flash drives for needy students in sixth- to 12th-grade classes to back up work on their new district-supplied laptops.
The campaign was an impressive example of what a community can accomplish when everyone works together for a common cause.
The above list of projects is certainly not complete, and there were several other examples of businesses and individuals pitching in to provide school supplies for the region’s students.
It’s just another way that everyone can contribute to help all of our children get the education they deserve.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

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