Events offer free school supplies

FRANKLIN COUNTY – School will be starting soon for local students, and they will need new supplies for the new year.

There are several upcoming events in the local area where families can get school supplies for free or at reduced cost. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

One is the Blessing of the Backpacks event in Shippensburg, set for 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Lutheran Church parking lot at the corner of Orange and Penn streets. This is the eighth year for the event and it is co-coordinated by Karen DeShong and Jean Robinson.

“We saw a need to connect students with things they need and (to) have an event that’s family-oriented and fun,” DeShong said. “We’re blessed with community support and would like to share those blessings with those around us.”

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Students from the preschool level all the way through college can attend this event. There will be food, games, and door prizes throughout the night. The games include Ring Toss, Go Fish, Plinko, and Bingo, among others. Prizes from the games will be items such as gym bags, water bottles, combination locks, baskets of lunch snacks, pencils, pens, pencil top erasers, large pink erasers, notebooks, folders, markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and rulers. The door prizes are lunch boxes and backpacks.

DeShong said this event is mostly aimed at assisting Shippensburg Area School District students, but if students of other school districts arrive, they will not be turned away. ์•ˆ์ „ํ•œ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

But one thing that will be turned away is money. Everything is free. DeShong said last year the event helped about 600 people, and this year organizers are prepared for 700 people.

The event will conclude at 7 p.m. with a special prayer for students and families. If the weather is unsuitable, everything will be inside the church.

Enough supplies sought to stuff a bus

United Way of Franklin County’s Stuff the Bus campaign also helps provide students with supplies they need. Now in its fourth year, the campaign’s goal is to collect supplies for all Franklin County school districts. Supplies will be distributed to each district, to be divided up among the schools where need is greatest.

Donations can be dropped off at the following times and locations to support the specified district:

Fannett-Metal School District, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, during the Path Valley parade
Waynesboro Area School District: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Waynesboro YMCA
Tuscarora School District: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, during Mercersburg Lions Community Fair at Mercersburg Community Park
Greencastle-Antrim School District: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sunnyway Foods. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ ์ถ”์ฒœ

Last year, nearly $12,400 worth of supplies were donated to the districts.

Given the county’s proximity to the Maryland border, local parents may also wish to take advantage of a special offer in Maryland next week, Shop Maryland tax-free Week. From this Sunday through the following Saturday, Aug. 20, qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included.

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