• Cabarrus County community gearing up for school supply collection events

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    Caring community members in Cabarrus County are uniting to collect school supplies for local students through the 9 School Tools campaign.

    During the annual campaign, WSOC-TV, in partnership with Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Classroom Central, asks the community to donate school supply items such as pencils, paper and backpacks to benefit local students across 22 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    The Gem Theatre and Concord Fire Department are hosting two events to get community members involved.

    On Saturday, The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis is offering a free small popcorn to any movie patron who brings a school supply donation. The offer is valid for the 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. showings.

    “It is fitting that The Gem Theatre is supporting children and teachers of Kannapolis City Schools and Cabarrus County Schools,” said Cindy Fertenbaugh, board chair of the Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education. “Over the years, they have supported many school and family-oriented events.”

    On Aug.18, the Concord Fire Department will hold its Stuff the Bus event at Walmart – Concord Commons. The Concord Fire Department will have a fire truck and the Fire Safety House present, along with a Cabarrus County Schools bus. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., community members can donate school supply items and engage with local fire officials. 

    “We expect this event to support hundreds of students from Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools,” said Fertenbaugh.

    From now until Aug. 26, you can donate school supplies at over 40 locations. The donations from 9 School Tools stay in the county in which they were donated. You can find your nearest donation location by clicking on this link: 9 School Tools Donation Locations.

    Learn more about the 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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