Local organizations working to supply materials for the start of school

TAYLOR COUNTY—As the start of the school year draws near, many families are left wondering what supplies will be needed, and for some, the expense of these provisions is weighing heavy on their minds.

In alignment with their mission to help the residents of the county in any way they can, the Taylor County Partners in Prevention team will be hosting a special giveaway for those residents who are seeking assistance this year.

Taylor County is a county known to have families who are hit by financial hardships, but this year, the need has grown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and many individuals being out of work for an extended period of time.

Seeing an increased need for support, the Partners in Prevention, in conjunction with Taylor County Family Resources, Taylor County Starting Points the Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) Coalition of Taylor County, the Healthy Appalachian Parents and Infants (HAPI) Project, Burlington United Methodist Services  and UniCare of West Virginia, decided to step in to help out.

“The funding for this giveaway was secured through Child Abuse West Virginia’s Partners in Prevention grant,” revealed Taylor County Starting Points Director Lisa Wotring. “The giveaway is just one way that our Partners in Prevention team can work to ensure children receive the supplies they need, and parents are provided with help, something that will help reduce added stress on the family.”

On Monday, August 31, the organizations will be hosting a school supply giveaway, providing essential back to school supplies to students throughout the county. 

“Any school-aged child in Taylor County qualifies for our school supply giveaway, regardless of their method of learning,” said Wotring. “It doesn’t matter if your student will be attending classes in person, through distance learning, virtually or through a home school program. And even if individuals have already received school supplies from somewhere else, they are welcome to take part in our giveaway to supplement their stock.”

During the event, students will receive commonly needed materials including folders, wide-ruled spiral notebooks, pencils, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, pens and pencils.

“We will also be providing the youths with hand sanitizer, because we want to ensure that everyone says safe and healthy,” said Taylor County Family Resource Executive Director Cathy Coontz-Griffith. “We know that this year, the school year will look much different for the kids as they go back in the midst of this pandemic. So, one of the most important things we can arm them with are clean hands.”

Because of current social distancing and safety guidelines that have been put in place, the giveaway will be done differently than most.

“We will be scheduling appointments for participants,” said Wotring. “To sign up, they can call our office at 304-265-6838, and then we will give them a time to come and pick up their supplies.”

Then, on Monday, those taking part in the giveaway will visit the Taylor County Family Resources office, located at 105 Beech Street, between the WIC and Salvation Army buildings, during their appointed time slot to obtain their materials.

The giveaway will only be open to 150 participants, so be sure to call soon to reserve your spot.

“We know that times are hard for folks right now, and we are all organizations that pride themselves in the fact that we are available for assistance whenever needed,” said Coontz-Griffith. “So, if you’re in need of some help with school supplies, or even food, clothing or essentials, feel free to reach out to us at Taylor County Family Resources, and we will see what we can do to help!”


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