School supply drives launch this weekend

These next few days will see volunteers from across the county collecting school supplies, and Laurens County residents are welcome to participate in the back -to-school events.

This Friday and Saturday, items donated from the past month and during the weekend will be collected at Walmart where buses from Laurens and Clinton school districts will be parked, said Whitney Robertson, executive director of the United Way of Laurens County which sponsors the large-scale annual event.

“Businesses all over the county have been collecting donations for several weeks, and this Friday, Aug. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all those donations can be brought to Walmart which is serving as the final drop off point,” Robertson said.

Then on Monday, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers of Laurens County and Chick-fil-A are teaming up for a “Fill the Cruiser” Back to School Drive on Monday, Aug. 7.

The drive will be held Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Chick-fil-A at 917-A East Main Street in Laurens, where the LCSO literally hopes to fill the cruiser with donated school supplies.

“It’s a chance for us to do something positive for the community and to give back to the school districts,” said LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder of the Monday, Aug. 7 event.

The UWLC has organized its weekend school supply drive for more than 12 years and a host of volunteer administrators, teachers and students will assist as donations are accepted Friday afternoon and Saturday until 4 p.m.

For all of the school supply drives throughout the county, including another next weekend by Rev. Anthony Simms at WLBG, the needed supplies include pens, pencils, notebooks, tissue, hand sanitizer, binders, glue sticks and book bags. Items gathered will go to District 55 and 56 schools.

News Editor John Clayton contributed to this story.

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