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Service Center collecting school supplies

The Piedmont Service Center is now collecting school supplies for Piedmont families with financial hardship and those affected by the tornadoes.

Those wishing to donate can choose items off the school supply lists or fill a backpack according to grade and school. The PSC needs to have at least three backpacks for each grade Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. Middle School and High School students will only be given basic supplies until they get their supply lists on the first day of school.

“We’ve been doing a school supply drive since 2001,” Regina Mayabb, Director at the PSC, said. “Last year, we helped 37 kids. We expect more this year because of the tornado. We’ll be accepting donations through the end of August.

“When you are already in need, filling up a backpack is very expensive. What we do helps those kids feel better on their first day of school. We don’t want any child to be the one without. Our hope is to have people donate full backpacks of items, but we gladly accept and appreciate all donations.”

If someone is in need of school supplies, the service center urges those people to call or come into the center. They will need to supply the center with the school, grade, gender of the student and a contact phone number.

“We are always short on high school supplies,” Mayabb said. “Calculators, ear buds, high school backpacks, we always run short.”

Those wishing to donate monetarily may do so as well.

“Some schools require that the students bring money for a certain fee or shoes, and that money we give to the school directly in that student’s name,” Mayabb said.

Service center needs: backpacks, four-pack Play-Doh classic colors, folding rest mats, baby wipes, reams of copy paper, reams of colored copy paper, antibacterial hand sanitizer, paper plates (large and small), quart and gallon size Ziploc bags, scientific calculators, flash drives, ear buds, No. 2 pencils sharpened and not sharpened (Ticonderoga) 24 and 36 count, 8 ct. Crayola Crayons, Crayola Classic Thick Markers-washable, Crayola Classic Thin Markers-washable, Elmer’s Glue Sticks, 5-inch Fiskar Scissors (blunt, pointed and sharp), 7-inch sharp scissors, adult scissors, Elmer’s school glue, pocket folder (no brads) plastic folder (with pockets and brads), spiral notebook (wide ruled) Plastic school box (5×8 and 9×6), Crayola or Prang 8 color watercolor paint set, Kleenex Tissue, pink pearl erasers, 12 and 24 count Crayola Colored pencils, red medium ink pens, wide ruled filler paper, yellow highlighters, mesh binder pocket, hand held pencil sharpener w/shavings container, 1 1/8″ Wood Ruler-Standard/Metric, Expo Black Broad-Tip Dry Erase Markers ( blue & black), Expo Thin-line Dry Erase Markers, 3×5 100 count ruled index cards, black sharpies, Extra fine tip sharpies,1 inch 3 ring binders, 2 inch 3 ring binder, 10 count Crayola Slim-line markers, Trapper Keeper w/zipper pencil pouch (Five Star-Mead), Twistable Colored Pencils, Twistable Crayons, assortment colors of pocket folders with holes to go in Trapper Keeper, rubber cement,brown paper lunch bags, 3 prong zippered pencil pouch, colored card stock,composition notebooks,graph paper, ink pens (blue or black ink), college ruled paper, and college ruled spiral notebooks.

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