School supplies drive extended |

School supplies drive extended

Christina M. Currie

The Community Budget Center has extended the deadline on its drive to collect school supplies for one more week because of the low response received so far.

“The weight’s not nearly what it was last year,” CBC Director Peggy Satterwhite said.

Last year 611 pounds of supplies and $175 was collected to distributed to needy school children. So far this year only $30 and less than five boxes of supplies have been collected.

“I don’t know what happened,” Satterwhite said. “We had more drop boxes this year than we did last year. I think people just aren’t ready for school to begin.”

Drop boxes will continue to be placed at City Market, Kmart, Pens and Paper, Robb’s Grocery and the Community Budget Center.

Once collected, the CBC delivers the supplies to the School Administration Building where they are divided and delivered to each school where they are distributed as needed.

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Last year, Robbs Grocery contributed nearly 150 pounds of supplies, Satterwhite said.