Educators collecting school supplies for flooded areas

Staff Report

POINT PLEASANT — As the flood cleanup continues across West Virginia, the needs are changing.

The West Virginia Board of Education is launching a “Back to School Supply Flood Relief Project” with the goal being to provide each individual student in the severely affected flood areas with a bag of school supplies they can call their own.

Locally, Becky Wood will be taking a collection for the project from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant. Collection sites will also be available across the state.

Suggested school supplies needed for donation include: Elementary Middle/Jr. High High School spiral notebook paper (8½ inches by 11 inches), pencils, crayons, ink pens, glue sticks, pocket folders, rulers, Elmer’s glue, paper clips, binder clips, “Blunt” tip child 3 ring binder (1 inch or half inch), 3 ring binder (1 inch or 1½ inches), small scissors, composition writing notebook, post-it sticky notes, highlighters, colored pencils, dividers/tab sheets, 3-by-5 inch index cards, and colored pencils.

“As you are keenly aware, thousands of our children experienced the devastation of the recent catastrophic floods in our beloved state,” Beverly Kingery, member of West Virginia Board of Education, said, when writing to educators and administrators. “These children will soon return to school and many will return with little belongings and uncertainty in their lives.”

Kingery said it’s anticipated that a minimum of 8,000 bags with supplies with be needed.

There is additional information on the Facebook site WV School Supply Flood Relief Project or WVDE website for additional information, including project overview, school supply list, county collection coordinators, collection transport dates and directions, distribution site, and transport of supplies to schools.

Staff Report