MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - When the school bells ring in Jackson and George counties next month, United Way officials want make sure all students have the supplies needed to make the grade.
Crayons, notebooks and other tools for school were rolling in Tuesday to stuff a makeshift bus. The United Way is leading the effort to collect and deliver supplies to students in need.
"Our goal is just to get as many supplies as possible, just to have a partnership with the community and for everyone to come in. No matter how small or how large, whatever you can bring in for school supplies, we are grateful," United Way CEO Carolyn Moore said.
Several local businesses are partnering with the United Way to make this campaign successful, including Singing River Federal Credit Union.
"We learned about 93 percent of teachers provide supplies for their own classrooms, and on average about $395 per year is spent by teachers across the U.S. So, this is our way of helping," Singing River Federal Credit Union CEO Jimmy Smith said.
Here's how the program works: Folks can drop off school supplies during the month of July at the Singing River or Navigator Credit Union locations, as well as Walmarts in both counties. If you don't know what to buy, there is a list near every drop box.
"Pencils, paper, erasers, all those things that students need. And maybe a laptop will be great, as well," Smith said.
Organizers said by investing in students, you play a part in developing tomorrow's leaders.
"We want them to focus on learning rather than what supplies they need. And if United Way can make a way for the students, that is what we want to do and this is how we live united," Moore said.
If you would like to give a monetary donation or want more information about the program, call the United Way in Pascagoula at (228) 762-7662.