Students Start The Year Right With Help From Columbia Companies

By Blake DuBose
Students Start The Year Right With Help From Columbia Companies

September 12, 2012 — Parents and teachers may be breathing easier this fall as a result of local organizations’ generosity. For the month of July, a group of businesses in the Westpark office park and the Harbison Boulevard area of Columbia held a drive to collect pencils, paper, and other classroom essentials for Richland County students and teachers.

Participating organizations also gathered folders, scissors, glue sticks, and a variety of other school supplies needed by local students. The donations were given to the South Carolina Education Association, which will distribute the items to teachers and students in the Midlands. The businesses that contributed to the drive were: Power Engineering, Carolina Endodontics, Brown and Caldwell, UnitedHealthcare, Diversified Development, SC High School League, Hampton Inn on the Lake, Research Associates, DuBose Web Group, Columbia Conference Center, and The Evaluation Group.

The SCEA is a professional association for classroom teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, principals, superintendents, bus drivers, teaching assistants, lunch room operators, maintenance engineers, clerks, and secretaries who work in the Pre-K to 12th grade and Higher Education fields.

The companies held a toiletry drive for local nonprofit Take Time Take Care in August, and in October, they plan to pick up trash along Fernandina Road as part of Adopt-a-Highway.


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