Through its 18th annual School Tools initiative, the United Way of Aiken County collected 40,000 bookbags, flash drives, binders and other items for local students in need this year.
The sorting and distribution of the donated school supplies took place at Aiken Electric Cooperative’s Community Room on Aug. 13 and 14. Representatives from the more than 40 schools in the Aiken County Public School District came to Aiken Electric to pick up the items.
Mike Rosier, communications coordinator for the School District, was instrumental in organizing the pickups, according to a United Way press release.
“It is wonderful to see how excited the school representatives are when they come pick up the supplies,” said Emily Scotten, director of marketing for the United Way. “We could not run this program and provide these extra school supplies without the faithful and generous support of our community partners.”
Scotten added that she wanted to thank the many businesses, church groups and individuals who made donations as well as the volunteers who helped the United Way with the effort.