United Way helps students prepare for 2016-17 with School Tools

08/13/2016

More than 3,500 Greenville County students in kindergarten through eighth grade will start the school year with a new backpack and supplies thanks to United Way of Greenville County’s annual School Tools supply drive.

Backpacks and bags filled with paper, pencils, markers and binders were distributed to families Saturday morning at an event hosted at the Freetown Community Center.

Families lined up early Saturday morning to receive the supplies, which were donated by volunteers at 100 Greenville County companies and organizations. The volunteers filled School Tools bags with grade level-specific school supplies, including all the basics to help students start the school year ready to succeed.

In addition to school supplies, each student was provided with free books as part of a partnership effort with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Read Greenville, a community-wide awareness program focused on the importance of reading.

“Community support for this year’s School Tools project has been outstanding,” said Ted Hendry, president of United Way of Greenville County. “We are so thankful to all of the individuals and companies who provided school supplies. Their efforts and generosity will go a long way in helping to ensure that students throughout Greenville County begin the school year with the best possible start.”

Thanks to these great companies and organizations for their contributions to this year’s effort:

3M Company

Action Research Corporation

Advicare Health Corporation

AECOM Technical Services, Inc.

Ahold USA

Allen Tate Company

Allstate Porras Agency

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

B2B Media, LLC

BASF Corporation - Mauldin

Bausch + Lomb

BE&K Building Group

Belk, Haywood Mall- GWLN

Belk - Simpsonville

Bennett Equipment & Supply

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS - Garlington Road Office

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS - Simpsonville Office

Berry Plastics

BMW Manufacturing Co, LLC

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Brown & Brown of SC

Cass Information Systems, Inc., Telecom Services Division

Century 3

Chartspan Medical Technologies

Coldwell Banker Caine

Countybank

Crawford Strategy

DP3 Architects, Ltd.

Elliott Davis Decosimo

Fabri-Kal Corporation

Find Great People International

First Baptist Church, Greenville

Fox Carolina

FUEL - Digital Marketing & Branding

Furman University

G3 Real Estate Services, LLC dba Goldsmith Company

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

GCS Special Education Department

GE

GE Aviation

Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing

Goodwyn Mills & Cawood

Greenville Area Development Corporation

Greenville Country Club

Greenville County Library System

Greenville Health System

Greenwood Genetic Center

Greer CPW

Heritage Healthcare

HomeTrust Bank

Hubbell Lighting

IH Services, Inc. (Synergy)

Industrial Project Innovation, LLC

Integrated Power Services

ITW - Hartness International, Inc.

J. Freeman & Associates

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Jarden Plastic Solutions

JHM Hotels

KeenanSuggs

KEMET Electronics Corporation

KPMG

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville

LS3P Associates LTD.

Marsh USA / Mercer H&B

Master PT

Mauldin United Methodist Church

McMillan Pazdan Smith

MetLife

Michelin

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nutra Manufacturing, Inc.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

O'Neal Inc.

Pierburg Inc.

Publix Supermarkets

Recruiting/Solutions

Regional Management Corporation

Resurgent Capital Services

SC Department of Probation, Parole & Pardon Services

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Solvay

Southern First Bank

Spirit Communications

SynTerra

TD Bank

The Blood Connection, Incorporated

The Goddard School

The Kindness Project

The Reynolds Company

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home

UBS Financial Services Inc.

United Community Bank

United Health Group

UPS Inside Sales Division

UST Logistical Systems

Verizon

Willis

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Wood Group Mustang

Woodward