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Community invited to donate school supplies for area kids
School supplies in van
Rincon Chevrolet and Chick-Fil-A are challenging the community to “Fill a Van” with school supplies for Effingham County school children. Last year’s effort filled the van about halfway. (Submitted photo.)

By Barbara Augsdorfer, Editor for the Effingham Herald

Crayons, notebook paper, pencils, folders, three-ring binders, glue -- yeah, all that stuff – kids need them. Lots of kids need lots of stuff.

Even if you don’t have school-age kids, or maybe even if you’re an empty-nester, you can still help.

“We're trying to fill a van at Rincon Chevrolet with school supplies,” said Destiny Bradshaw, founder and executive director with Ready2Connect in Rincon. “Last year we were able to give supplies to 1,000 students.

“We are so thankful for the support of the community, our partners, (and) the businesses. “It really is a community effort,” Bradshaw added.

The 2023 event is the 11th year for the Back-to-School Blowout.

All Effingham County schools require students to have clear plastic or mesh school bags or backpacks. Supply lists for each school and grade level are available on the school district website: www.bit.ly/46EQ6dH.

The Herald did a quick survey of school supplies on various websites. When totaled up – and by opting for some of the less-expensive options -- the items needed by just one child for first grade can cost anywhere from $80 to $107. This is in addition to school uniforms and shoes!

Van with school supplies 2
So, yeah, students and parents can use the community’s help.

Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the following locations through July 20: Rincon Chevrolet, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks on Hwy. 21 in Rincon, the United Way, 711 Zitterour Dr., Rincon; and Effingham Parc Apartments, 617 Towne Park Dr. West, Rincon.

Chick-Fil-A has donated clear bookbags for the event.

“We have purchased 500 bookbags to donate again this year,” said Jason Counselman, owner/operator of the Rincon Chick-fil-A. “I am actually about to drop them off at Rincon Chevy to add to the van we are storing the supplies in.”

The Ready2Connect Back-to-School Blowout is set for July 27, from 5-8 p.m. at Macomber Park, 1103 Lexington Ave., Rincon. In addition to the school supply give-away, Bradshaw said other services that may be offered during the event include COVID-19 vaccinations, a blood drive, Empire Gym, Mary’s Place, Coca-Cola; and Manna House will be providing snack packs to the families.

Vendors and sponsors are still being sought. Contact Bradshaw at 912-527-4919 for more information.