WFMY News 2 has teamed up with the Walmart at 320 Hanes Mill Road in Winston Salem to raise donations for school supplies. All donations placed in the Tools for Schools bins between now and Sunday, Aug. 14 will be donated to Stokes County Schools.
Stokes Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice said there are students who overcome many obstacles just to arrive at school each day.
“Many families are struggling to pay their bills and keep food on the table. The best they can do is get their children dressed and to school. When the students arrive, they need the materials to participate and get a quality education,” Rice said. “Teachers reach into their own pockets to help these students. Donating school supplies, helps these students get a quality education without adding a financial burden to our teachers who already pay for many of the items in their classes.”
The supplies collected will be sent to the central office in Danbury. At the beginning of each school year, schools make requests and the central office staff packages the requested materials and sends them to the schools. Whatever is leftover is divided and sent to the schools to meet the ongoing needs that arise throughout the year.
“These students will grow up one day to be productive members of society. They will work at your banks and doctors’ offices. They’ll fix your car or be your child or grandchild’s teacher someday. Donating school supplies is an investment in our community and we will all reap the benefits in the future,” Rice said.
Donations can be dropped off at Walmart at 320 Hanes Mill Road in Winston Salem, Stokes County Schools Central Office in Danbury, or at any of the schools in Stokes County.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.