Students start school Thursday in St. Clair County, and for the 30th consecutive year, Eleanor Clinkscales has stepped up to help students with school supplies.

Last week, Clinkscales and many others gathered at Refuge Baptist Church to pack up supplies to take to the various schools.

“We have school supplies going to all the schools in the St. Clair and Pell City school systems,” Clinkscales said. “We also have supplies going to the St. Clair Day Program and the Career Tech Center.”

Clinkscales said she appreciates all the individuals and businesses that help her every year to make this a success.

School supplies collected included glue, glue sticks, pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, paper, folders, backpacks, paper towels, scissors, index cards, pencil sharpeners and erasers.

“Some of the teachers have asked for earphones and ear buds because so many students are using computers,” Clinkscales said. “I want to thank everyone who helped this year. I am especially grateful to Metro Bank, which donated pens, pencils and pencil sharpeners.”

Helping out for the third consecutive year was the St. Clair County Children’s Policy Council. Executive Director Cheryl Fagan said her organization enjoys pairing up with Clinkscales.

“We always look forward to this,” Fagan said. “It is a huge undertaking, and we appreciate the community support. We appreciate the support from First Baptist Church Pell City, and we had so many people who donated anonymously. We had a great campaign.”

Clinkscales said the supplies were to be distributed Monday and Tuesday of this week.

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