School supplies collection drive picking up steam

By: W. Curt Vincent - Editor
Amy Johnson | Laurinburg Exchange Melanie Pracht donated backpacks, pens, pencils, construction paper and notebooks to the newspaper’s school supplies drive on Thursday.

LAURINBURG — The “fearless ad grandmothers” of The Laurinburg Exchange have managed to spark some excitement through their call to action earlier this week, when they challenged other grandmothers in Scotland County to contribute clear backpacks to the newspaper’s collection drive.

Some have even gone above and beyond.

On Thursday, Melanie Pracht arrived at the office bearing backpacks, pens, pencils, construction paper and notebooks for Scotland County students.

Also on Thursday, Cheryl Stang delivered backpacks, crayons, pens, pencils, college- and wide-ruled paper, three-subject notebooks and binders.

“Our boxes are starting to look good,” said Althea Simpson, general manager of the newspaper.

There have also been two anonymous donations to the newspaper’s drive.

The Exchange office is 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 are being 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]

Amy Johnson | Laurinburg Exchange Melanie Pracht donated backpacks, pens, pencils, construction paper and notebooks to the newspaper’s school supplies drive on Thursday.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_BackPacks.jpgAmy Johnson | Laurinburg Exchange Melanie Pracht donated backpacks, pens, pencils, construction paper and notebooks to the newspaper’s school supplies drive on Thursday.

W. Curt Vincent

Editor