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Berkeley biz competes to stuff the bus for needy school kids

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) – Lowcountry kids head back to school at the end of the month, many of them without the supplies they need to achieve their full potential in the classroom.

Thanks to a community-wide effort in Berkeley County, students will hit the hallways with book bags busting with everything they need.

With as much excitement as the first day of school, dozens of JW Aluminum employees waited for the big, yellow school bus – not to head to class but to lend a helping hand.

"We're all about giving back to the community and this gives us the opportunity to prove that we are community-based," said Nicole Byrn with JW Aluminum.

Paper, pens, pencils – things every child needs, but for some the cost of embarking on a new school year can be as challenging as AP Calculus.

"We understand that some kids can be less fortunate and people work hard every day and we feel fortunate that we can give back sometimes," Byrn said.

That's why the Berkeley County School District called on the community members and companies to help them stuff the bus with crayons, notebooks, and paper. Dozens of employees gathered at the Mt. Holly facility, taking pride in their gold-star effort and a little friendly competition.

"We turned it into a fun game, and the kids are benefiting from it and they're all winners here – there are no losers," said Paul Shaw.

Although no medals were handed out, the maintenance team took home the top prize. But everyone who joined in said they know it's about helping the kids excel in school.

"They don't have to worry about it. The needy kids, whoever needs it, they won't have to worry about it. The supplies will be there for the kids and teachers as well," said Todd Gross. "Sometimes it's tough, so we just hope we can take a little pressure off the school district and the kids."

An additional 10 backpacks stuffed with school supplies and notebooks were also collected for children at the Callen-Lacey home.


  • Jon Bruce

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