School supply drive runs to Aug. 15
With six weeks left of summer vacation, the Hanover Youth Service Council (HYSC) is already preparing to go back to school. The group’s main concern: ensuring that students have the tools needed to succeed academically.
HYSC is comprised of 35 middle and high school students from throughout Hanover who perform volunteer work. The group have coordinated a county-wide school supply drive for 16 years. All supplies benefit Hanover’s elementary, middle, and high school students in need. This year, the drive is through Aug. 15.
HYSC is collecting backpacks, composition books, supply boxes, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, cap erasers, dividers, durable binders, supply boxes, pencil pouches, notebooks, jump drives, high lighters, crayons, pencils, markers, colored pencils, loose leaf paper, scissors, pink block erasers, sticky notes, sanitizing wipes, dry erase markers, hand sanitizer, tissues, kindergarten rest mats, index cards and black sharpie-style markers.
While all supplies are needed, some are more in demand than others. The Department of Community Resources is in the process of conducting a needs assessment to determine which supplies are most needed. Christine Minozzi, a rising junior at Patrick Henry high school is volunteering for the department this summer. She has been contacting each school for information.
“Because each school has different partnerships and resources, we are working to determine how to best allocate citizens’ donations,” said Laura Robertson, HYSC’s advisor and the youth services specialist at Community Resources. “We’ve heard from several schools that composition books are always in short supply. Sturdy backpacks, durable binders, and tissues are other supplies that can be hard to come by. We are also hearing that many schools have wonderful partnerships with local churches, businesses, and community groups that are meeting their needs. HYSC is working to fill in any gaps.”
For more information, contact the Department of Community Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 365-4300.
Donations can be dropped off at these locations
201 S. Railroad Avenue
12310 Washington Highway
Chenault Veterinary Center
351 Hill Carter Parkway
Primrose School of Atlee Commons
9650 Atlee Commons Drive
7461 Sherwood Crossing Place
9161 Atlee Road
7503 Old Hickory Drive
Burkwood Swim& Racquet Club
9120 Burkwood Club Drive
Hanover County Administration Building 7516 County Complex Road
7527 Library Drive
17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane
16600 Pouncey Tract Road
Members of HYSC will be at the Kroger on 9351 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville on August 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to accept donated supplies.
Families needing school supplies for the coming school year should contact their school’s guidance counselor.