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United Way, Walmart come through for Effingham students
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Representatives from the United Way of Effingham County and the Rincon Walmart pose with Springfield Elementary students and administrators after delivering boxes of school supplies. - photo by Photo by Paul Floeckher

The United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Effingham Service Center teamed with Walmart to donate more than $2,500 worth of school supplies to Effingham County students.

The supplies were collected in August at the Rincon Walmart. Customers placed donations in specially-marked “fill the bus” boxes near the entrances, and Walmart donated supplies as well.

“We hear quite often from the schools the needs of parents trying to provide their children with school supplies, and the timing is perfect here at the beginning of school,” said United Way Effingham Area Director Bonnie Dixon.

The supplies were given to Guyton Elementary and Springfield Elementary, two of Effingham County’s five Title I schools. GES and SES were chosen to receive the donations because they have the highest percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, according to Sandra Nethels, special programs coordinator for the Effingham County School System.

“We appreciate the support and kindness for all of our students at SES,” said Springfield Elementary Principal Terri Johnson. “We can always count on the United Way to find resources to help our families. Wal-Mart is also a big supporter of our students and their families.”

The campaign was part of a nationwide partnership between Walmart and United Way to collect school supplies for students in need.