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Walmart spearheads back-to-school supply drive

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Walmart stores in Leland, Shallotte and Southport are working with Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) to collect school supplies for students attending Brunswick County Schools. The Build-A-Backpack campaign runs through Aug. 21.

“Walmart strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of students in our communities,” said Jimmy Creech, manager of Southport Walmart. “This program will assist in ensuring that our students are prepared for school.”

Bins will be available in Walmart stores to collect donated school supplies. CIS will then distribute items to teachers and economically disadvantaged students. Items such as pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, index cards, glue sticks and Crayola crayons are staples of the back-to-school arsenal. 

An essential item for middle school students is the three-ring binder required to keep all their class work organized. Teachers need washable markers, wet wipes, tissues, hand sanitizers and flash drives. Additionally, Walmart will be donating backpacks for distribution throughout all county schools.

“Walmart is part of our Adopt A School program and provides tremendous support for our teachers and students,” said Cynthia Tart, CIS executive director. “Now more than ever, we appreciate the efforts of local businesses and their customers. They enable us to serve children and families throughout the county.” Adopting partnerships have provided $129,636.45 in in-kind donations to Brunswick County schools since June 2010.

To learn more about helping students or to donate online through Communities in Schools, visit www.cisbrunswick.org or call 457-3494.