Ashe County's Largest School Supply Drive to Date
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative School Supply Drive concluded on August 10th
and, thanks to the generous hearts of the people of Ashe County, was very successful.
This year the Volunteer Initiative program partnered with Communities in Schools of Northwest North Carolina and WSOC Channel 9 School Tools to have our 13th
annual School Supply Drive. We appreciate all the drop-off locations for allowing us to place boxes in their places of business since June 18th
. Those locations include Fifth Third Bank, First Citizens Bank, all LifeStore branches located in Jefferson and West Jefferson, Ashe County Library, Medi-Home Health and Hospice, Ashe Service for Aging and Senior Center, Ameriprise Financial, Walmart, Jefferson Drug and Ingles. We would also like to recognize the employees of United Chemi-Con, who placed a box in their administration office and collected a large number of school supplies among themselves. Several of our area churches also collected school supplies and/or donated to the drive, we would like to thank them for their generosity also. First National Bank as well joined in with their Stuff the Bus campaign and added their supplies in with the rest; it has become a large community effort.
The amount of items collected this year was remarkable: Everything from bookbags, packages of loose leaf paper, 3 ring binders, glue sticks, composition notebooks, scissors, index cards, crayons, colored pencils, markers, hand sanitizers, pencil cases, rulers, pens etc., totaling over 1,400 items. All these items were distributed among the five county schools. Monetary donations were also received and divided among the five schools.
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative Advisory Board and Terri Hopkins, Volunteer Coordinator, offer our appreciation to the churches, businesses and individuals who supported this drive and freely gave so much. Also, special thanks go out to Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church Youth and Pastor Cory Halsey for helping to pick up, sort, and deliver the school supplies to our local school counselors to be given out to those students who are in the most need. You all are what makes Ashe County the most wonderful place in which to live and raise a family.