Community leaders call on residents to support Cabarrus County students

Last weekend, Cabarrus County community leaders kicked off its string of school supply collection events to benefit the students of Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools.

“Both school systems have a high need for supplies for students,” said Cindy Fertenbaugh, 9 School Tools Cabarrus County coordinator. “We hope that the supplies we collect will make a child’s day a bit brighter [and] maybe help to give children more confidence that they have the supplies they need for learning.”

The first two events, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Concord - Afton Sunset, were held on Aug.1 at West Cabarrus YMCA and the Gem Theatre.

Next up are school supply collections at Veterans Park in Harrisburg on Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at First Presbyterian Church in Concord on Aug. 9 from noon to 3 p.m.

Attendees have the option of driving up to the pop-up tent at each event and having a volunteer remove donations from their vehicle or they can place their donations into 9 School Tools bins.

On July 23, the Cabarrus County school board voted to begin the school year with full remote learning that will consist of daily live instruction, video lessons and social-emotional learning.

But even with remote learning, students will still need basic supplies to be successful in school.

“We expect the need to be even greater this year due to the pandemic,” Fertenbaugh said. “We want to take some of that burden off parents and teachers and energize the community to support our school-aged children.”

In addition to the collection events, an Amazon Wish List has been set up to benefit Cabarrus County students.

WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools drive covers 22 counties and is the largest school supply drive in the Carolinas. From now through Aug. 14, you can donate school supplies at over 80 locations. The donations from 9 School Tools stay in the county where they’re donated, so any items donated at the collection events will benefit students in Cabarrus County.


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