COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Community helping hands — making a case for education

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306September 8, 2013 

Marshall Tinsley, Sandra Vriesinga and Marshall Coleman sort donated school supplies as they prepare them to be put into backpacks.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA BAR

The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division recently delivered 75 backpacks filled with school supplies to Carver-Lyon Elementary and W.G. Sanders Middle in Richland 1 and The Cooperative Ministry as part of its annual Backpack Drive.

It was the fifth year the group coordinated with The Cooperative Ministry to collect and donate backpacks and supplies to schools throughout the Midlands. Supplies also were collected in Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Rock Hill.

“Due in large part to the efforts of our numerous volunteers and law firms serving as collection sites, the annual Backpack Drive was able to make a major contribution to the community and students in need,” said Dyllan Rankin, co-chair of the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division Backpack Drive Committee. “It is an honor for our Young Lawyers to be involved in such an inspiring program, one that furthers our mission of fostering the principles of duty and service to the public among the legal community.”

The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership.

Girl Scout volunteers sought

Adult volunteers are needed to organize fun, interactive, girl-led leadership activities for local Girl Scouts in Lexington and Richland counties. No experience is necessary and training is free.

Volunteer opportunities include coaching sports, leading an arts or health workshop or leading a troop for 8-12 months. The time commitment is up to the volunteer.

“Our organization is 99 percent volunteer-led. Volunteers are the cheerleaders, mentors and guides who introduce the girls to new experiences that make every day the best ever,” said Kim Hutzell, president & CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands.

For more information about volunteering, call Kayla Mallett at (803) 461-3736 in Richland County or Tara Schreck at (803) 461-3737 in Lexington County.

Sickle Cell walk Saturday

The James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation’s 8th Annual walk is scheduled for Saturday. The event seeks to increase awareness about sickle cell disease and to raise scholarships for high school seniors and college students with sickle cell disease.

Saturday’s walk begins at St. Luke Episcopal Church’s William F. O’Neal Gymnasium, 1300 Pine St. (off Lady Street). Pre-registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the two-mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The $15 registration fee includes a T-shirt and goody bag.

For more information, call (803) 765-9916 or visit http://www.jamesrclarksicklecell.org/.

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