Today is the last day to donate school supplies to help every Talladega County child start the school year prepared with the items they need.

“We will be accepting donations at the Walmart in Sylacauga from 8 a.m. to noon today,” said Kathy Landers, co-chair for the Sylacauga’s Promise School Supply Drive.

Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement executive director Margaret Morton said in addition to giving out school supplies, this year the organization is providing education for both students and their families with an anti-bullying parade to begin the event.

Individuals wishing to donate may bring requested supplies or monetary donations to SAFE. Donations are tax-deductible.

Requested items include backpacks (mesh, clear and regular), spiral notebooks or composition notebooks, three-ring binders, markers (washable and Expo), scissors (safety/blunt tip), ear buds/headphones, pencil pouches with zippers or boxes, divider tabs and sheet protectors, crayons (24 count), two-pocket folders (with brads), plastic pocket folders (no brads), loose leaf paper (wide and college ruled), #2 pencils (regular or mechanical), black or blue pens, color pencils, highlighters, rulers, cap erasers and copy paper.

“Last year we helped 778 students in Talladega County,” Landers said. “Thanks to the community support this year, both businesses and individuals, we will have enough for at least 800 bags of supplies. We can still use monetary donations to help fill in the gaps, in addition to more school supplies so we can serve more children. Education, just like raising children, takes a village.”

Distribution day is Saturday. The event will begin with the anti-bullying parade at 9 a.m. It will start in the parking lot of Legion Stadium and proceed through downtown Sylacauga to Noble Park, where there will be a short program followed by the school supply distribution.

Leading the parade will be Sylacauga Mayor Doug Murphree, Maxine Moon and the Rev. Johnny McKinney with Rushing Springs District Association, Linda Burton, Kathy Landers, Sylacauga Councilman Shannon Darby, Dr. Todd Freeman of Sylacauga City Schools and Dr. Suzanne Lacey of Talladega County Schools.

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