LAURINBURG — It may only be mid-summer, but back to school thoughts have already been creeping into the minds of most parents. And with that are the dollar signs associated with that time of year.
The Laurinburg Exchange wants to alleviate some of those dollar signs for those throughout the county who find it challenging to outfit their students fully.
And recently, to make the process even more challenging, the Scotland County Board of Education approved a measure that will allow all students to only use clear book-bags and backpacks — a policy that is aimed at increased safety on school campuses.
“I’m a grandmother, and I know what it’s like to get everything ready for children and grandchildren to go back to school,” said Althea Simpson, general manager of the newspaper. “So we thought it would be a good idea to find a way we can help.”
Starting Monday, the Exchange office will be a drop-off point for those who would like to donate clear book-bags or backpacks — as well as a myriad of school supplies like one-subject notebooks, three-subject notebooks, composition notebooks, 2-inch or 3-inch three-ring binders, colored pencils, hand-held calculators, glue sticks, No. 2 pencils, headphones or ear buds, white-ruled paper, crayons, markers, scissors, rulers, two-pocket folders and erasers.
“We’re hoping that local businesses, churches, civic organizations and even individuals will participate by donating some of these items,” Simpson said.
Book-bags and backpacks will be collected in three different sizes: Heavy duty for high school, medium weight for middle school and lightweight for elementary school.
Boxes for the three types of book-bags/backpacks, as well as for the school supplies, will be set up in the Exchange lobby. Anyone needing pickup of items can call Celeste Jackson at 910-506-3021 during regular business hours.
The newspaper will accept donations through Tuesday, Aug. 21. After that time, all items contributed will be handed over to the Board of Education for disbursement to county schools as needed.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-506-3023 or [email protected]