By John Bailey
Catawba County United Way
A glue stick.
A spiral notebook.
For many families, these are items that fill a backpack headed to a classroom and another day at school.
For a single mother of four, these are the tools that help build equity for her children, help ensure a positive future.
But by November, for that mom, those school supplies might be running low.
That is where the Catawba County United Way School Supply Drive can help. The thousands of items donated through the month of July can be stockpiled by all three local public school districts – Catawba County, Hickory Public and Newton-Conover.
“It can be difficult for teachers, when they see how hard a parent is working to keep their household together, to then ask that parent to purchase more supplies for their child,” St. Stephens Elementary School Assistant Principal Beth Embree said.
“How nice is it, as a school, to say we have extra items and be able to meet the family in the middle. They gave their child the supplies at the beginning of the school year and now we can help cushion that usage and support them throughout the rest of the year.”
The United Way School Supply Drive runs through Aug. 1.
You still have time to HELP. Learn More at THIS LINK.