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If you shop at Target or Walmart, you’ll see school supplies all over the place. Gaston County Schools will begin in just about a month, August 17. To me that seems early, and my teacher friends think so too! LOL! But the beginning of school is coming and in Gaston County, school supplies are needed.

Now through Friday, August 5, Gaston County Schools is collecting school supplies at 17 locations across Gaston County.  The supplies will be distributed to students in need. Suggested donations include No. 2 pencils, packs of colored pencils, 24-pack crayons, notebooks (composition or spiral), folders (pocket or prongs), tissues, Ziploc bags, and earbuds for computers.

If you’re out and about doing some shopping and can help, it would truly be appreciated. Although I only taught 7th grade for a year in Gastonia, I can tell you that there are too many children that are unable to purchase supplies. I used my own money when teaching to buy notebooks and pencils to distribute to kids, however we also had notebooks donated, which helped lots.

Many teachers I know, one of my closest friends included, will set up Amazon Wish Lists. The list has all the things they need/want for their classroom for the upcoming school year. They’ll post the list on their Facebook pages and friends and family members will buy things to donate. My friend Dana has been able to get most of the things on her wish list already, which is awesome!

Despite my ‘tough’ exterior, I am a big softy at heart. It saddens me that so many kids in our school systems can’t buy supplies, and too many of our children go hungry. A few times while teaching, I gave my lunch to a student. Kids have too many things to worry about as it is. They shouldn’t have to worry about school supplies and food.

There are 17 collection sites in Gaston County, including local fire stations and branches of the Gaston County Public Library. You can also drop off donations at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations during business/operational hours.

If you live in Gaston County, there’s definitely a location relatively close to you. I pass the main branch of the Gaston County Library every night on my way home from work, so it’ll be a breeze to drop some donations off. I realize that money is tight for so many people, myself included, but every little bit helps the children. Thanks for anything that you can do! If you need more info, you can call the Gaston County Schools Business and Community Partnership Office at 704-866-6329.

Here are the donation locations in Gaston County:

Gaston County Public Library – Main, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
Gaston County Public Library – Union Road, 5800 Union Road, Gastonia
Gaston County Public Library – Belmont, 125 N. Central Avenue, Belmont
Gaston County Public Library – Bessemer City, 207 N. 12th Street, Bessemer City
Gaston County Public Library – Mount Holly, 245 W. Catawba Avenue, Mount Holly
Gaston County Public Library – Cherryville, 605 E. Main Street, Cherryville
Gaston County Public Library – TECH@Lowell, 203 McAdenville Road, Lowell
Gaston County Public Library – Stanley, 205 N. Peterson Street, Stanley

Gastonia Fire Stations
#1, 260 N. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia
#2, 510 New Way Drive, Gastonia
#3, 717 Wellons Drive, Gastonia
#4, 900 Armstrong Park Road, Gastonia
#5, 900 Hudson Blvd., Gastonia
#6, 1335 E. Ozark Avenue, Gastonia
#7, 3811 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia
#8, 613 Carson Road, Gastonia