Bryan County Schools and United Way of the Coastal Empire are teaming up to collect school supplies for local families in need. They are using a school bus to collect the donations.
The bus was at J.F. Gregory Park July 2 during the city of Richmond Hill’s Fourth of July celebration as students passed out fliers promoting the drive.
Isabella Martinez, a rising freshman at Richmond Hill High School and a member of the student advisory council for the state superintendent, is helping coordinate the effort. She said she is also contacting businesses about hosting the bus on particular days
"Everyone has been very helpful and kind," she said. "I’m thankful to be living in such a great community where people are always willing to help others in need."
Boxes will be available during July to collect the supplies, including at: The Ice Cream Stop, South State Bank, Dollar General, Kroger, Enviroworx, MicroPact, Plantation Lumber, Food Lion, Plum’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, All Things Chocolate and More, Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, Papa’s Pizza, First Bank of Coastal Georgia, United Way, Urgent Care, Johnny’s Grill, Pembroke Advanced Communications, Owen’s Supply, Pembroke City Hall and all four McDonald’s in Bryan County.
The bus will also be at the Richmond Hill Farmers Market on Tuesday and July 26, as well as at National Night Out on Aug. 4.
Organizers hope to collect all types of supplies for all grade levels, from crayons to composition books, in addition to pencils, paper, folders and highlighters. Calculators, hand sanitizer and gently used backpacks are also needed.