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FRANKLIN COUNTY — Franklin County children in need of school supplies and clothes will be helped once again this year through a partnership with the United Way of Franklin County (UWFC), Franklin County Schools, N.C. Communities in Schools and Walmart in Louisburg.
The effort kicks off Saturday and continues until Aug. 31. It is part of a statewide Build A Backpack campaign to help economically disadvantaged students get a good start to the 2013-14 school year.
The effort’s foundation is to affect the drop-out rate and to prepare children for the school year with the resources they need to succeed, United Way of Franklin County Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said.
Last year, the community effort placed more than 900 backpacks in Franklin County — 846 of them full of supplies. Recipients are referred through the schools, social services, children’s programs in Franklin County and thru UWFC, Harrelson said.
During the six-week period, shoppers in Walmart will be asked to donate money for buying supplies and backpacks, or they can buy a $2 bag to be placed in the bins at each entrance.
Monetary donations can be mailed to UWFC, P.O. Box 342, Louisburg, NC 27549.
For more information, call UWFC at 919-496-0937.