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August 16, 2021
United Way of Union County finished their annual school supply drive last week. Over 50 boxes were distributed to local businesses and organizations to collect supplies for the upcoming school year.

The supplies were sorted to Central Ohio Youth Center on Rt. 4. The staff and youth at COYC help with this project every year.

“Our United Way has a small staff so the drive would be tricky without the support and the use of COYC’s space,” Corinne Bix, UWUC Director, said. “They use their gym to divide the supplies up between all four school districts in our service area; Marysville, Fairbanks, North Union and Jonathan Alder.”

Adham Schirg, Superintendent Fairbanks Schools, was very pleased with how much the community donated this year.

“It was a great surprise to see how much there was for our families!” Schirg said via email.

Kathy House, COYC Education Administrator, leads the sort at COYC and reports on numbers of supplies collected. Some of the highlights of this year’s collection include 38,000 pieces of notebook paper, 10,088 crayons, 7,523 pencils, 2,966 markers, 2,580 bottles of hand sanitizer, 1,006 glue sticks/bottles, 572 composition books, 436 book bags, 325 highlighters and 59 boxes of tissues.

Special thanks to the many businesses and organizations that collected. Schein Dental in Columbus gave a large donation of four pallets of supplies delivered directly to COYC. Memorial Health also directly delivered their hefty donation.

“It was a huge team effort and one more reason why Union County is a great place to live,” Bix said.

Parents who are in need of school supplies for their child/ren should contact their school guidance counselor. In addition to being a collection site for the drive, The Hope Center in Marysville will host a special back to school free haircut event on Saturday, August 21 from 9 AM — 2 PM. Contact The Hope Center for more information.

Above: Kathy House, COYC, and Corie Bix, UWUC stand with a portion of the school supplies collected during the “Learn United” School Supply Drive. All supplies were distributed to area school districts. For those in need of supplies contact your school guidance counselor.
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