Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are partnering for their annual Back to School Supply Drive and are actively seeking school supplies through Friday.
"We know that several local churches and organizations provide opportunities for parents and children to pick up school supplies at various events during the month of July. However, many families are unable to attend these events or find that they need more supplies than these events are able to provide," said Lora Cooper, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County.
"Programs like the Back to School Supply Drive can fill in the gap that these families find themselves in," Cooper said.
The first day for Bulloch County public schools for the 2019–20 academic year is Thursday, Aug. 1.
Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County partners with the Bulloch County Board of Education's social workers, who communicate directly with school counselors to identify children at their respective schools that are in need of school supplies.
"We are able to assist children and their families in having a successful school year by collecting a reserve of school supplies that can be tapped into at both the beginning of the school year and throughout the year as children run out of these much needed school necessities," Cooper said.
In January, the agencies partnered with the Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club to distribute school supplies at the beginning of the second half of the school year in a similar manner to the distribution that is done in August.
Carey Melton, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia, added, "We are hopeful that our efforts will help the children in our school system have a successful school year. When you give from your heart — you get back so much more, and knowing you are helping a child succeed is a great return on your investment."
School supplies can be placed in the designated boxes at the following locations in Statesboro: Morris Bank, Core Credit Union, Synovus Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, Citizens Bank, Bulloch First, Colony Bank, The Heritage Bank, Statesboro Regional Library, 180 Fitness and the Statesboro YMCA.
Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church, two long-time supporters of the Back to School Supply Drive, are also collecting school supplies. Members of the Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Statesboro and the Statesboro Board of Realtors are contributing supplies at their meetings as well.
A full list of needed supplies can be found at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us. An abbreviated list will be available at drop locations. For more information on the Back to School Supply Drive and how you can help, call the Outreach Center office at (912) 489-8547 or the United Way office at (912) 489-8475.