Nearly 4,000 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 18th 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 Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville.
Families lined up early Saturday morning to receive the supplies, which were donated by volunteers at more than 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.
Individual donations and corporate contributions from Duke Energy Foundation and Gateway Wealth Solutions Raymond James provided an additional $7,000 to support this year’s effort.
“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 School Tools:
Action Research Corporation
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
Allen Tate Realtors
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
B2B Media, LLC
BASF Corporation - Mauldin
Bausch + Lomb
BE&K Building Group
Belk, Inc. Southern Division - Simpsonville
Belk, Inc.- Haywood mall
Bennett Equipment & Supply Co., Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS - Garlington Road Office
Berkshire Hathaway - Fairview Road office
BMW Manufacturing Co, LLC
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Brown & Brown of SC Inc.
Carolina Alliance Bank
Carolinas Telco FCU
Cass Information Systems, Inc., Telecom Services Division
Coldwell Banker Caine
CPI Security Systems
Design Strategies, LLC
EuroKera North America, Inc.
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.
Gateway Wealth Solutions Raymond James
GCS - Special Ed Services
Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing
Greenville Country Club
Greenville County Redevelopment Authority
Greenville Health System
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville Technical College
Greenwood Genetic Center
Hubbell Lighting, Inc.
Industrial Project Innovation (IPI), LLC
Integrated Power Services, LLC
ITW - Hartness International, Inc.
J. Freeman & Associates
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Keller Williams Greenville Central
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville
LS3P Associates LTD
Marsh USA Inc
Mauldin United Methodist Church
McMillan Pazdan Smith
Meals on Wheels Greenville
Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nutra Manufacturing, Inc.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Pintail Capital Partners
Propel HR, Inc.
Public Education Partners
Regional Management Corporation
Resurgent Capital Services
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Solvay Specialty Polymers
South State Bank
Southern First Bank
The Blood Connection
The Furman Co.
The Kindness Project
The Reynolds Company
The Spa At West End
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home
UBS Financial Services Inc.
United Community Bank
United Health Group
Upcountry History Museum
UPS Inside Sales Division
Willis Towers Watson
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP