School supply drive runs to Aug. 15

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

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 or (804) 365-4300.


Donations can be dropped off at these locations


Ashland Library

201 S. Railroad Avenue

Community Resources

12310 Washington Highway

Chenault Veterinary Center

351 Hill Carter Parkway

Primrose School of Atlee Commons

9650 Atlee Commons Drive



Mechanicsville Library

7461 Sherwood Crossing Place

Atlee Library

9161 Atlee Road

Goddard School

7503 Old Hickory Drive

Burkwood Swim& Racquet Club

9120 Burkwood Club Drive




Hanover County Administration Building 7516 County Complex Road

Hanover Library

7527 Library Drive



Montpelier Library

17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane



Rockville Library

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.

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