Several area groups and businesses have planned back to school drives in the coming weeks to support Midlands students.
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division and The Cooperative Ministry are collecting backpacks and other school supplies for Midlands schools through Aug. 14.
Needed items include new backpacks, spiral bound notebooks, loose leaf paper, composition notebooks, binders, pocket folders, scissors, rulers, compasses, protractors, dividers, mechanical pencils, No. 2 pencils, highlighters, dry-erase markers, crayons, 3 x 5 index cards, Post-It notes, book covers, dictionaries and large boxes of Kleenex.
Supplies can be dropped off at the following locations:
• 5th Circuit’s Solicitor’s Office: 1701 Main St., Columbia
• J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LLC: 1522 Lady St., Columbia
• Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA: 1900 Barnwell St., Columbia
• Riley Pope & Laney, LLC: 2838 Devine St., Columbia
• Robinson McFadden & Moore, PC: 1901 Main St., Suite 1200, Columbia
S.C. Bar: 950 Taylor St., 2nd floor, Columbia
• S.C. Supreme Court: 1231 Gervais St., Columbia
• Sarvis Law, LLC: 3347 Augusta Hwy., Ste. B, Gilbert
Clothes for Kids
The Salvation Army of the Midlands’ annual Clothes for Kids drive kicks off Friday and continues through Aug. 11.
During those 10 days, a table and display board will be set up inside Columbiana Centre and Columbia Place Mall where shoppers can select and purchase clothes and school supplies to help local children in need.
“With the public’s generous support we can give new clothes to kids who live in poverty and children who have recently experienced an emergency,” said Maj. Roger Coulson, regional coordinator/corps officer at The Salvation Army of the Midlands.
Table attendants will assist shoppers from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon- 6 p.m. at Columbiana Centre. Attendants will be available from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Place Mall.
Pack a Bus
The Camden Walmart is joining forces with the Kershaw County School District again this year to help with school supplies for students in need. The store’s annual Pack A Bus campaign kicks off Friday and runs through Aug. 17.
Throughout the drive, area residents are being asked to purchase classroom supplies and bring them to a bus outside the store at 2240 West Dekalb St. Walmart will have a list of needed items that shoppers can choose from and label the bags with the names of the schools they would like to support.
Along with the supplies donated by shoppers, Walmart will provide grants to the schools with the greatest participation levels.
“We greatly appreciate Walmart’s sponsorship of this annual school supply drive,” Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan said. “With the opening of the new school year right around the corner, this helps hundreds of students be better prepared.”