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:
Action Research Corporation
Advicare Health Corporation
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
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
BMW Manufacturing Co, LLC
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Brown & Brown of SC
Cass Information Systems, Inc., Telecom Services Division
Chartspan Medical Technologies
Coldwell Banker Caine
DP3 Architects, Ltd.
Elliott Davis Decosimo
Find Great People International
First Baptist Church, Greenville
FUEL - Digital Marketing & Branding
G3 Real Estate Services, LLC dba Goldsmith Company
Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
GCS Special Education Department
Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing
Goodwyn Mills & Cawood
Greenville Area Development Corporation
Greenville Country Club
Greenville County Library System
Greenville Health System
Greenwood Genetic Center
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
KEMET Electronics Corporation
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville
LS3P Associates LTD.
Marsh USA / Mercer H&B
Mauldin United Methodist Church
McMillan Pazdan Smith
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nutra Manufacturing, Inc.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Regional Management Corporation
Resurgent Capital Services
SC Department of Probation, Parole & Pardon Services
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Southern First 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
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Wood Group Mustang