A local school supply drive hopes to help prepare local at-risk youth for the upcoming school year by providing necessities for success.
The school supply drive is sponsored by a partnership between Communities in Schools Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC) and Wal-Mart.
"Wal-Mart has been a key partner for this effort for several years. We are excited to work closely with them for another successful school supply drive," said Jessica Choice, CISMBC site services director.
The drive, which began Monday, runs through August 15.
The collection bin is located inside the Milledgeville Wal-Mart Supercenter Store's front entrance.
The community is encouraged to donate basic school necessities to benefit students as well as educators within the Baldwin County public school system.
“By working together, we'll be able to provide several school supplies to kids in need in Baldwin County," said Choice.
The supplies collected will help to provide local underprivileged students with the tools they need to be successful in school and meet their education goals, Choice added.
Supply donations include: paper, glue sticks, crayons, markers, pens, pencils, calculators, rulers, scissors, folders, notebooks, binders, clear or mesh book bags, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, paper towels and other basic school supplies.
"I am so excited to see the community come together for another year to help provide school supplies to children who are less fortunate. It means a great deal to those who have so little."
Last year, CISMBC and Wal-Mart collected more than 300 school items, which were donated to local schools with CISMBC site coordinators.
CISMBC is a non-profit organization aimed at helping students who are at risk of failure to stay in school, achieve academically, graduate and become productive and contributing members within the community.
The organization is part of the national Communities in Schools network, which operates in more than 2,200 schools within 26 states and the District of Columbia.
Last year, CISMBC served 4,407 students at the Early Learning Center, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Blandy Hills Elementary, Midway Elementary and Baldwin High School. Added to their list of service sites is the ENCORE Performance Learning Center, located within Baldwin High School.
For more information about CISMBC or the school supply drive call Choice at 478-452-3408.