For the eighth consecutive year Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County (PCABC) and United Way of Southeast Georgia (UWSG) are partnering for their annual Back to School Supply Drive happening both online and in-person until the 26th.
“The pandemic and the economic challenges that families are continuing to experience as a result of the pandemic, mean that families and school personnel are going to need our assistance more than ever before,” said Lora Cooper, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County.
School Counselors identify children at their respective schools that are in need of school supplies, and PCABC is alerted which students need aid. All school supplies are given directly to each public elementary, middle and high school in Bulloch County so that school personnel can discreetly distribute the supplies to the identified children.
“It is believed that some students may be up to 1.5 years behind as a result of the pandemic forcing school closures throughout the nation,” said Cooper. “This school supply drive is an opportunity for the community to work together to help change the state of child and family well-being here in Bulloch County and throughout the state of Georgia.”
Carey Melton, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia added, “We are hopeful that our efforts will help the children in our school system have a successful school year. When you give from your heart — you get back so much more, and knowing you are helping a child succeed is a great return on your investment.”
School supplies will be collected from July 8th through July 26th. Donated school supplies can be placed in the designated boxes (the flyer that is on these boxes is below) at the following locations in Statesboro: Morris Bank, Core Credit Union, Synovous Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, Citizens Bank, Bulloch First, Colony Bank, and The Heritage Bank. Churches and civic/professional organizations will also be working with their members to collect school supplies.
For more information on the Back to School Supply Drive and how you can help, please call Lora Cooper at the Outreach Center office at (912) 489-8547 or Carey Melton at the United Way office at (912) 489-8475