With the start of school only a few weeks away, families all over Fannin County are gearing up for getting back to school. Most classes are set to start on Aug 26. For the staff and volunteers at the Fannin County Children’s Center, it means it is time for their seventeenth annual School Supply Drive.
“Once again, we are asking for the community to pitch in and give what they can,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “Every gift is needed and appreciated. We are now accepting paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and other school supplies. Donors can also choose to give us cash and leave the shopping to us.”
In all, the agency has given out free school supplies to nearly 7,000 students in the last 16 years. Organizers expect to serve more than 700 students again this year. This effort depends on contributions from many different individuals, churches, businesses and other local organizations.
Items needed include: notebook paper, pens, pencils, three-ring notebooks, folders with & without brads, spiral notebooks, rulers, scissors, markers, crayons, red pens and pencils, highlighters, glue sticks and bottles, erasers, backpacks, construction paper, manilla paper, pencil boxes and bags and other supplies from area lists.
Sign-ups and distribution will take place at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham on August 21, 22 and 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 2:00-5:00 p.m. Parents or other caregivers should bring the child’s social security card and some proof of need, such as Medicaid card, food stamps or paycheck stub.
Contributions can be mailed or brought to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, TX. Checks can be made out to FCCC and should include a brief notation that the gift is for school supplies. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Organizers request that contributions arrive by August 19 or earlier if at all possible. For more information, call (903) 583-4339 or go to www.fanninccc.org.