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SOUTHPORT, N.C. – Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and CIS Thrift Shops are hosting the annual “CIS Back to School Supply Drive” during August. Supplies will be collected at all CIS Thrift Shop locations in Brunswick County and the CIS main office in Southport beginning August 1.

Four CIS Thrift Shops are located in Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Southport, and Sunset Beach. The thrift shops sell new and used donated items to raise money for CIS programs and help students succeed in school and life. The CIS mission of surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life, ties in perfectly with our school supply drive for students. A 1-800-Packrat trailer will be located at the CIS Southport Thrift Shop to collect and store donated items throughout the collection in August.

The “Back to School Supply Drive” is a joint effort between Communities In Schools and Brunswick County Schools including partner organizations 1-800-Packrat and the St. James Service Club. The goal is a comprehensive approach to collecting and donating school supplies for distribution to Brunswick County students, giving local businesses, churches, and community members a chance to participate and give back.

How to donate

The supply list items that are needed include: back packs, spiral notebooks (college ruled), loose leaf paper (college ruled), #2 pencils and erasers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, blue or black ink pens, two 3 inch – 3 ring binder, dividers for 3 inch binders, headphones or earbuds, and pencil pouches for binders.

Any item from the supply list can be donated. Businesses and individuals can also donate money that will be used specifically to purchase needed school supplies. “CIS Back to School Supply Drive” donations can be dropped off at any CIS Thrift Shop location or the CIS main office located at the Duke Media Center on River Road in Southport.

CIS will have school supply donation boxes located at thrift shop collection points and a 1-800-Packrat storage trailer located at the Southport thrift shop for storing donated items until school starts. We want to get supplies to students as quickly as possible after school starts, so donations are needed as soon as possible.

Financial gifts may also be made during the school supply drive and should be mailed to CIS of Brunswick County, P.O. Box 10087, Southport, NC 28461, or dropped off at the CIS main office in Southport.

We will deliver the donated supplies to schools in early September to help students start the school year off right. CIS of Brunswick County is helping local students stay in school and succeed!

CIS Thrift Shop locations: Boiling Spring Lakes, 3000 George II Highway, 910-845-3555; Leland, 117-I Village Road, 910-769-6956; Southport, 1635 N. Howe Street, 910-457-7008; Sunset Beach, 1780-8 Chandlers Lane, 910-579-2300. The CIS main office is located at 8520 River Road in Southport, 910-832-3494.

For more information, call (910) 832-3494 or email tbeane@cisbrunswick.org.

Picture caption: (photo 404 from left to right) Whitney Franklin, CIS Success Coach Cedar Grove Middle School; Amber Malave, CIS Success Coach Waccamaw School; Ruth Thompson, CIS Success Coach Leland Middle School; and Calie Hodgson, CIS Success Coach South Brunswick Middle School.

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About Communities In Schools of Brunswick County:

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County is an accredited affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, operating programs proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. Working closely with schools and partner organizations, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County uses evidence-based programs to serve students and their families. Based directly inside schools throughout the county, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources working hand-in-hand with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support. Learn more about Communities In Schools of Brunswick County at www.cisbrunswick.org.

About The Author

Allison Barrett Carter

Allison is a freelance writer who relocated to Leland from Chapel Hill with her husband and two sons. After a career in content marketing and overseeing the launch of the NC Blogger Network, she was excited to find a career with the Magazines that merges her passions: journalism and online content to enhance community. Her creative writing essays have appeared in places such as New York Times, Washington Post, Today's parenting, Redbook, Verily Magazine, Women's Running, Role Reboot, elephant journal and numerous print anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and Double Bind (a Norton anthology). Allison loves watching her sons play on the beach and paddling the river behind their house.

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