The United Way of Union County’s annual Learn United — School Supply Drive wrapped up on Monday after picking up school supplies collected
by 10 local businesses and organizations.
Supplies were sorted at the Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) and distributed to Marysville, Fairbanks, North Union and Jonathan Alder schools.
Kathy House serves as the Education Administrator at COYC, and has helped guide this project for several years. She said COYC is happy to
help with the annual school supply drive.
“It demonstrates to the youth placed here what a spirit of generosity tangibly looks like and how it can impact another person. In addition,
our youth have an opportunity to give back to the community when they sort, count and repack all the donations. They take this
responsibility seriously and are genuinely excited for the students that will ultimately receive the supplies,“ House said.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and many employees working from home, the collection was down this year, approximately a third compared to past years.
Corinne Bix, United Way of Union County Director, said while they knew the drive wouldn’t be as robust, it is important to
keep those things we can control consistent.
^ldquo;No matter what the upcoming school year looks like, students will need supplies to complete in-school or at-home work,” Bix said,
“We wanted to do our best to collect what we could so supplies could be made available like any other school year.”
If your student or a student you know needs assistance with school supplies, contact their building guidance counselor.
Katrina Combs and Krystal Sullivan from Home Depot served as a collection site for the United Way of Union County’s Learn United —
School Supply Drive.