Communities in Schools – North Carolina (CISNC), Craven County Schools and United Way of Coastal Carolina, dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce participation in a statewide partnership with Walmart to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in North Carolina.
Now in its second year, the 2012 “Build A Backpack” back-to-school supply drive is the largest school supply drive ever conducted by Walmart in North Carolina, involving all 139 local Walmart stores across the state. CISNC has identified 79 counties that will benefit from the “Build A Backpack” program. To expand its reach across the state, CISNC has also partnered with other trusted nonprofits such as United Way and local school systems. These partner agencies are assisting CISNC in counties where there are Walmart stores but not a local CISNC affiliate.
The campaign, which launched July 23, 2012, and will run until August 31, 2012, will have bins available in all Walmart stores to collect donated school supply items. The items will be distributed to Craven County Schools, and will then be distributed to low-income public school students. Craven County Partners in Education, which supports Craven County Schools is also holding its annual “Stuff The Bus” school supply drive at the New Bern and Havelock Wal-Marts on Saturday, August 4th from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
“We could not be more thrilled with the success of the ‘Build a Backpack’ supply drive last year,” said Ronny Hayes, Regional Vice President of Walmart and CISNC Board Member. “It is our hope that the success of this campaign piloted here in North Carolina, with the invaluable help of local partners, will ensure that the neediest students be the recipients of the collected items and continue to serve as a model across the country and amount to even greater accomplishments this coming summer.”
Signage promoting “Build A Backpack” will appear throughout all Walmart stores in North Carolina.
We thank Walmart for its commitment to serve those most in need by launching such a massive and promising school supply campaign” said Linda Harrill, President and CEO of CISNC . A small investment today in ‘Build A Backpack’ will pay a big dividend in the lives of students who need the essential tools that support their success in school.”
“We are excited about partnering with Wal-Mart again” said Debbie Kirkman, Director of Student Services for Craven County Schools. “Last year’s school supply drive was very much appreciated by the teachers and their students.”
Craven County Schools has a student population of approximately 14,700. United Way of Coastal Carolina works with programs that serve Craven, Carteret, Jones and Pamlico Counties. For more information on the “Build A Backpack” program, contact the Student Services Office of Craven County Schools at 514-6300.
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Submitted by: Sandra K. Phelps, Executive Director, United Way of Coastal Carolina