Local business collecting school supplies for Bay District students

Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 12:59 PM CDT
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School is coming up fast and Newschannel 7 and Local 18 News are partnering with several local businesses to help area families get ready for the upcoming year.

"There are a lot of our families that still have day-to-day basic needs as a result of the storm. Lots of folks are coming up short budget-wise. So, we think it's really important to take advantage of all the really good donations we've gotten so far and that we are still counting on getting," Lynn Haven Elementary School Principal John Cannon said.

Cannon has seen firsthand the need at his school, and in response, many local businesses are helping out.

"We are excited about the opportunity to fill those backpacks with the necessary school supplies so that they can go back to school and not worry if they have what it takes to write the right notes or do the right math question," Broker Manager with Counts Real Estate, Robbie Hughes said.

Counts Real Estate is one of the many businesses collecting school supplies until August 1. School items of all types will be accepted, from backpacks to pencils.

"I think we are all looking for normal again and normal at school is all the supplies, it empowers the kid to go in and just be a kid. Being a kid got taken away from a lot of people on October 10th and they've had to grow up a lot," Hughes said.

The group has also made donations to nonprofits like Rachal's Recovery Relief.

"Anything that we can do to help our community be bigger, better, and stronger than it was before we certainly want to be apart of that," Hughes said.

The nonprofit is efforting a school clothing drive for Bay District Schools' Back to School Bash on August 1.

"There are still so many families struggling with the cost of back to school, whether it be new school clothing, shoes, school supplies, backpacks. it's a large expense," Founder of Rachal's Recovery Relief, Rachal Smoker said.

A simple notebook and pencil can really go a long way for students who've been through so much.

In addition to Counts Real Estate, you can drop off your donations at our station on Front Beach Road, Peaden Air Conditioning, any Domino's location in Bay County, or Berg Pipe at the Port until August 1.

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