School Supplies in Short Supply
But this year, the center has only one-third the supplies it had last year when 300 families received help. Now, only four backpacks sit where boxes of them were stacked. Staff said most supplies are for younger students, although junior high and high school supplies are in high demand.
"Everything's so high, the utilities are so high," said Almeta Crayton, First Ward City Council member. "So now, what really should matter, getting these kids ready for school is just barely making it."
To donate school supplies, take them to the Successful Neighborhood Resource Center, 212 Lincoln Drive in Columbia, or call 573-228-2475. The center will take donations through this Saturday, Aug. 19.