• 22 Carolina county educators unite to help local students


    Community leaders in 22 counties have together for one common goal –- to make sure local students have the school supplies needed to be successful this upcoming school year. In partnership with Communities in Schools and Classroom Central, WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools program is the largest school supply drive in the Carolinas. Coordinators are based in each county to ensure every donation stays local.

    “By 9 School Tools being able to stay in Lancaster County, we make sure that every student in our county has access to the supplies,” said Reggie Lowery, executive director of Communities in Schools of Lancaster County. “It is extremely important and vital to their success and their education.”

    Studies have proven that when a student does not have basic school supplies, it not only affects their productivity but also their self-confidence.

    “You start to see their self-esteem. You see it in the not sitting up straight, not making eye contact. Sometimes they’re moody,” said Debbie Eller, executive director of Communities in Schools of Caldwell County. “But when they show up with school supplies, you see a whole different person.”

    From now until Aug. 26, you can donate school supplies at over 40 donation locations.  You can find your nearest location in participating counties by clicking on this link.

    You can also donate school supplies at forty WSOC-TV 9 Family Focus partner locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda or E.R. Plumbing Services.

    Learn more about 9 School Tools at www.9SchoolTools.com

    If your organization or business would like to get involved or help with 9 School Tools or if you have an inspiring story to share, please email Kevin Campbell, community affairs manager for WSOC-TV, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com



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