ASHE COUNTY — The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative School Supply Drive concluded on Aug. 14 and was successful thanks to Ashe County community members.
Since June 15, boxes have been located at drop-off locations throughout Ashe County including Fifth Third Bank, First Citizens Bank, all LifeStore Banks, Ashe County Library, Ingles Market, Medi-Home Hospice and Ashe Services for Aging Senior Center.
Employees of United Chemi-Con also collected a large number of school supplies by placing a box in their administrative office.
Everything from book bags, packages of loose leaf paper, three-ring binders, clip boards, glue sticks, composition notebooks, rulers, scissors, erasers, index cards, boxes of crayons, colored pencils, markers, hand sanitizers and boxes of tissues were collected during the drive. A total of 802 items and 896 lead pencils were donated.
All of the donated items were distributed among all five county schools.
Monetary donations in excess of $750 were received and then divided among the five schools. The checks were delivered last week to the five guidance counselors, who were appreciative and remarked that all the supplies and monies would be a tremendous help to their students.
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative Advisory Board and Dayna Price, Volunteer Coordinator, offer their gratitude to the churches, businesses and individuals who supported this drive and freely gave so much.