The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 30, 2012

Scouts support education by donating supplies

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
SNAP

Sunday, September 30, 2012 — Girl Scout Troop 3784 appeared at the Stanly County Board of Education last week to deliver school supplies that they had collected for this month’s service project. The girls were accompanied by Lisa Hinson, community service coordinator for the Girl Scouts in Stanly County.

“Each month we do community service. We knew the schools were going back into session this month, and we knew the need for school supplies would be there,” Hinson said.

Hinson explained that while Troop 3784 was there to hand over the school supplies, the entire Stanly County Girl Scouts helped in this service project. Next month, the Girl Scouts will collect items in an effort to support the troops.

“All sorts of people helped us with this project,” Cadet Girl Scout McKenzie Boone said.

“Our parents and adults helped us collect these supplies. The other Girl Scout troops donated supplies. Each one of the girls in our troop brought in supplies. We’re proud, because we’ve got to help other people.”

Shannon Batchelor, director of student services for Stanly County Schools, was there to receive the donations.

“I would like to thank the Girl Scouts for their contribution to this drive. Our kids truly, truly appreciate this,” she said.

The Girl Scouts of Stanly County weren’t the only ones to participate in this collection. The school system partnered with the United Way for this drive, and through their coordinated efforts they were able to reach out to community partners to make the drive a success. Donation sites were at various Bank of Stanly locations, a plethora of churches and Hi-lites, a women’s clothing store. The drive began in August and finished up in September.

“The community and our partners at the United Way were very supportive,” said Batchelor.

“We use the school supplies to help students in need not only at the beginning of school but to meet needs throughout the year. SCS would like to thank the citizens of Stanly County for their donations and support of our students.”

The Girl Scouts who participated in the school supply drive will receive a community service patch for their efforts.