Lenoir County Public Schools, The Gate and Self-Help Credit Union are teaming up to provide school supplies to local students through a fundraising campaign they’ve dubbed Adopt-A-Backpack.
Money donated during the month of August will help ensure all LCPS students get off to a good start with paper, pencils and other basic school supplies needed for the 2015-2016 school year.
For each $5 donation, contributors can Adopt-A-Backpack. School supplies purchased with donations will be distributed to students through the schools, through The Gate and through the Kinston Housing Authority before the beginning of the new school year on August 24.
Adopt-A-Backpack is receiving financial and logistical support from Lenoir-Greene United Way and the Lenoir County Education Foundation, an arm of the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.
For LCPS, Adopt-A-Backpack takes the place of Stuff the Bus, a long-running drive for school supplies that asked contributors to shop for and donate items students need.
“Stuff the Bus paired well with the state’s tax-free weekend held in early August,” Patrick Holmes, public information officer for LCPS, said. “When the tax-free incentive to shop on that particular weekend went away, Stuff the Bus became less successful. By soliciting donations of cash rather than school supplies, Adopt-A-Backpack will be a more convenient way for Lenoir County residents and businesses to help students.”
Without assistance, thousands of students in Lenoir County will start the school year already behind – without the basic items needed to go to school. There’s need at all 17 schools in the district, according to Holmes. “All money donated stays in Lenoir County,” Holmes said, “but we hope Adopt-A-Backpack is a countywide campaign because the need isn’t in one city or one area of the county but is itself countywide.”
A typical backpack for an elementary student contains pencils, a ballpoint pen, erasers, ruler, pencil box or pouch, spiral notebook, notebook paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons and pocket folders. Older students get many of the same items, along with composition notebooks and binders.
As part of Adopt-A-Backpack, The Gate is hosting its Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 15. Lunch will be provided by St. Mary’s School for local residents and their children who attend Southeast Elementary and Rochelle Middle schools. Doors open at 10 a.m.
“I am excited to be working together to meet the needs of our students in Lenoir County,” Lisa Sylvia, Director of The GATE community center, said.
Donations can be made to Adopt-A-Backpack through:
- The Gate by mail to PO Box 638, Kinston, NC 28503; by visiting The Gate at 201 E. Gordon St.; or through Paypal on www.thegateoflenoircounty.com, specified for school supplies. Checks should be made payable to The Gate of Lenoir.
- Self-Help Credit Union by mail to 1910 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, NC 28504 or by visiting the office at that address. Checks should be made payable to Self-Help Credit Union.
- Lenoir County Public Schools by mail to PO Box 729, Kinston, NC 28502 or by visiting the district’s Central Office at 2017 West Vernon Ave. Checks should be made payable to LCPS.
- Lenoir County Education Foundation by mail to PO Box 157, Kinston, NC 28502 or by visiting the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce office at 301 N. Queen St. Checks should be made payable to LCPS.
Contact: Patrick Holmes / Public Information Officer / Lenoir County Public Schools 252-527-1109