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An effort of the Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) and Walmart has collected several items for students heading back to school, but there is still room for more donations.

The drive began July 20 and runs through August 31. The organization is collecting backpacks and school items to benefit students in need who may not be able to purchase them.

After tax free weekend the group has collected six notebooks, three folders, two packs of loose leaf paper, 36 pencils, 12 colored pencils, 10 markers and 27 erasers.

Missy Loving of the Yadkin Valley United Fund said it is important the community remember it’s not too late to help.

“We want to make sure that the community knows that the drive will continue through the end of August, but would love to have the school supplies to the students who need them before the school year begins,” Loving said. “We are thrilled to be a part of this effort to improve student success in our area.”

Facts about CISNC and the backpack drive

Communities In Schools of North Carolina is partnering with 144 Walmart stores to provide school supplies to thousands of students in need across the state.

Currently Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) provides assistance to 37 local affiliates serving 44 North Carolina counties. In turn, these affiliates connect students and families to the community resources they need. Our affiliates provide students with a one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community. Within this framework, CIS affiliates provide widely accessible services like school supplies to students who cannot afford them.

CISNC has identified nearly 80 counties that will benefit from the “Build A Backpack” program. To broaden the reach of “Build A Backpack” across the state, CISNC has partnered the United Way of North Carolina and other organizations to distribute the school supplies in communities across North Carolina. These partner agencies are assisting CISNC in counties where there are Walmart stores but not a local CISNC affiliate.

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