By Lucy Hoover for The Island Connection
Contrary to what you might think, there are so many typical school supplies that are not provided for the students and teachers in the Charleston County School District. Thankfully, for over 10 years through the generosity of property owners on Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Island have purchased pencils, erasers, school uniforms, composition paper and other routine supplies for use in Mt. Zion Elementary School. Considering the needs of Mt. Zion students, we are again reaching out for your support. This year we are again asking you to make a monetary donation and let us do the shopping on your behalf based on each teacher’s Wish List. We will use the funds received to purchase supplies and uniforms before the school year begins and as needed throughout the year. Your support goes even further if we receive your donations before the state’s tax-free weekend, which begins this year on Aug. 6.
Stores that support education
Another way we can help the students at Mt. Zion is when you shop at various participating stores. This program works no matter where you live. Just remember to ask your cashier at Harris Teeter to enter the school number “3455” into the register when you use your VIC card. Or you can annually activate this donation online. By doing this, a portion of what you spend is donated to Mt. Zion Elementary each time you shop and purchase “Together in Education” items. If you have an Office Depot credit card, please ask the sales associate at the register to credit Mt. Zion Elementary (school ID# 70090775). The school will receive 5% of any purchases you make all year long. Staples also has a rewards program, which can be used for purchases. Finally, if you have a Target credit card, you can register on the Target web site for Mt. Zion Elementary. These businesses donate a portion of sales dollars to local schools.
Volunteer in the classroom
At this time, it is unclear if classroom volunteers will be permitted In the Charleston County Elementary Schools. For more than 15 years Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islanders have provided more than 1,500 classroom volunteer hours and hope to be back at some time during the 2021-2022 school year. When we get the go ahead to begin physically helping in the schools, notices will be published. On behalf of the entire Mt. Zion family, thank you in advance for your generous support. Please make your check payable to “Support Mt. Zion Kids” and mail it to: Lucy Hoover 2824 Dove Nest Ct. Johns Island, SC 29455 Or, contact Hoover by phone 404-556-3231 or via e-mail lucyhoover@ gmail.com.
“Support Mt. Zion Kids” is not a 401(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is a donation from the heart to help out our neighboring families.