During the month of August, Governor Roy Cooper rallied North Carolina state employees together to participate in his second annual School Supply Drive. This statewide effort to collect school supplies directly benefits underprivileged students from households who cannot afford school supplies, and will ease the burden of teachers who spend an average of $500 each school year to purchase needed items their students cannot afford.
The Triangle South Workforce Development Board (TSWDB), serving Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Sampson Counties, collected supplies in their Administrative office in Lee County, and asked NCWorks Career Centers throughout their region of service to collect items as well.
In Lee County, at the Central Carolina Community College Center (CCCC) for Workforce Innovation, TSWDB staff member Kim Shaw led the effort to collect supplies by creating “Mr. Owl”, a collection box for “schooooooool” supplies. News of the TSWDB’s support of the Governor’s School Supply Drive was spread by placing signs around campus and through social media. In total, 84 items were collected from both TSWDB and CCCC staff including compositions books, three ring binders, notebook paper, sheet protectors, glue, pens, and pencils. Items collected at the CCCC Center for Workforce Innovation were donated directly to the State Employees Credit Union in Sanford.
In Sampson County, NCWorks Career Center Manager, Sandra Webster, encouraged staff contribution to the school supply drive by placing a collection box in the employee break room. Items collected included, crayons, pencils, paper clips, note pads and note books, paper, folders, and masking tape. All of the items collected in the NCWorks Career Center – Sampson County were donated directly to the NC State Employees Credit Union in Clinton.
In Chatham County, NCWorks Career Center Coordinator, Malinda Marsh, led the effort to collect school supplies for her office. Office staff members and partner agencies collected over 40 items including pencils, pens, erasers, glue, notebook paper, and dry erase markers. All of the items collected through the NCWorks Career Center – Chatham County were donated directly to Communities in Schools in downtown Siler City.