By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: July 14, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
Donations accepted through July 31 at DCPS’ Central Office
DINWIDDIE – Even though the height of summer has settled in across the Commonwealth, stores and shops in Southside Virginia are already filling shelves with paper, pens, crayons, and other back-to-school essentials right next to summertime favorites, meaning the resumption of classes in the region is only weeks away.
For some, attaining those supplies can be a challenge financially as the price tag for these items can create some strain but Dinwiddie County Public Schools is working to make getting prepared for school a bit easier as they call for donations to an ongoing supply drive that will benefit Dinwiddie students.
The school division is asking members of the community to help local students as they host a school supply drive during the summer that will allow students from elementary through high school grades be able to receive various supplies to help start their school year on the right foot, with the supplies slated to be distributed at a pair of events next month aimed at getting Dinwiddie students excited for the start of school.
“This year, we will be holding Back2School Bash events in our community for our students and families,” Dinwiddie County Public Schools’ Director of School and Community Relations Christie Clarke said a letter to the community. “It will be the first time we have held this type of event and want it to be a success,” with hopes to expand the program in years to come.
The first of the two Bash events is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14 at Sunnyside Elementary School in McKenney, with the second event slated for the following day, Thursday, August 15, at Southside Elementary School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
These events will be open to all students and families who attend Dinwiddie County Public Schools.
“At these events, we plan to have food, fun, school supplies, share information, and enjoy community fellowship,” Clarke continued. “We are inviting our local and community agencies to be on hand to share their available resources and services and to answer questions that parents and students may have as the school year begins.”
The Bash events will serve as the venue for where donations collected this month will be shared with students and their families, with the supplies being distributed during the two events and anything left over being provided to each school.
As for what donations are being sought by DCPS, Clarke said things like crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, composition books, backpacks, highlighters, notebook filler paper, pencils, tissues, and hand sanitizer are just some of the items that the community can bring to their central office between now and July 31, Monday through Thursday.
Businesses and community groups wishing to help can visit https://forms.gle/sxiKzDpCgiQyNuyL9 to complete a form with the school division by July 15 to indicate the level of participation they wish to have or contact Clarke at 804-469-4190.