Lenoir County Public Schools is asking for community support to provide school supplies to LCPS students through the annual Adopt-A-Backpack fundraising campaign.
Donations will help ensure all LCPS students get off to a good start with paper, pencils and other basic school supplies needed for the 2017-2018 school year.
For each $10 donation, contributors can Adopt-A-Backpack. School supplies purchased with donations will be distributed to students through the schools.
Adopt-A-Backpack receives financial support from Lenoir-Greene United Way and the Lenoir County Education Foundation, an arm of the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.
“By soliciting donations of cash rather than school supplies, Adopt-A-Backpack is a more convenient way for Lenoir County residents and businesses to help students,” Patrick Holmes, public information officer for LCPS, said. “We can also be more specific in providing the basic school supplies our classroom teachers say their students need.”
Last year as school started, Adopt-A-Backpack provided backpacks filled with school supplies to about 400 students in all grades in all areas of the county. Throughout the year, LCPS continues to provide notebook paper, pencils, pens and other basics to schools from contributed items.
The campaign for school supplies typically receives support from local businesses and institutions that collect items for distribution by the school district. This year, BB&T has set up collection boxes at its branches at Vernon Park Mall, in Kinston Plaza and in La Grange. Employees of Caswell Center are preparing backpacks through donations from coworkers. Statewide, all branches of the State Employees Credit Union are to begin collecting school supplies on Aug. 14.
“All 17 schools in the district report a need for school supplies,” Holmes said. “Adopt-A-Backpack is a countywide campaign because the need is countywide.”
Cash donations to Adopt-A-Backpack provide grade specific school supplies for K-2 students, for students in grades 3-5 and for middle and high school students. A typical backpack for an elementary student contains pencils, a ballpoint pen, erasers, ruler, zippered pencil pouch, spiral notebook, notebook paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons and pocket folders. Older students get many of the same items, along with composition notebooks and binders.
Donations can be made through by mail to Adopt-A-Backpack, %Lenoir County Public Schools, PO Box 729, Kinston, NC 28502 or by visiting LCPS Central Services at 2017 W. Vernon Ave. Checks should be made payable to LCPS.