Local groups, businesses collecting school supplies | News

Area schools have issued supply lists to help students be ready for the start of classes next month.

However, schools say they often come up short on supplies when school starts.

Irving Elementary fifth-grade teacher Shawna Shorb said she always needs dry erase markers and Clorox wipes, as well as paper and pencils.

“We use dry erase markers about every day for math practice,” Shorb said. “We always need a lot of paper and pencils — sharpened pencils. At this age level, they use a lot of paper and pencils. They take their pencils home and don’t bring them back.”

Educators say businesses, churches and programs help meet some needs.

Economy Pharmacy is filling school supply lists for every second-grader in Hilldale and Muskogee schools.

Whittier Principal Lisa Rogers said ORS Nasco provides her school with supplies for kindergarten through third grade. About one-tenth of Whittier students get supplies through Indian Education, Rogers said.

Fort Gibson Intermediate Elementary Principal Sherry Rybolt said nearly half the school’s students get Indian Education supplies.

“And our churches have been really good about furnishing school supplies,” Rybolt said.

Several businesses already started school supply drives. 

Firstar Bank’s 16th annual supply drive runs through July 31.

Ginger Batson, Firstar senior vice president of marketing, said the drive typically collects more than 2,000 items for area schools. She said supplies are distributed to each school in Hilldale and Muskogee. Employees deliver a box of supplies to each school, and teachers distribute items as needed, according to a media release.

Batson said basic supplies, such as paper, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, rulers and colored pencils are sought.

“We focus on providing the basic items that the majority of students may need,” she said. “We often don’t receive any rulers or colored…

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