School supply drive helping Pine Belt children

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LAUREL, MS. (WDAM) - Just in time for back to school, WDAM is teaming up with the Hattiesburg and Laurel Junior Auxiliarys for our Tools for School Drive.

The project is urging the public to donate school supplies for needy children in both communities. Laurel's school drive is taking place July 21.

Shelley Rivers teaches third grade at Oak Park School in Laurel.

"In today's economic times everybody is having a little more trouble in getting the things that they need," said Rivers. "But by having them the first day they start out on such a better foot, and it helps prepare them. They feel prepared so it makes a better start for their year."

This is the first year Laurel's Junior Auxiliary is collecting school supplies. Danita Horne is a JA member, who readies her own children each summer with new supplies for the first day of school.

"We get all of our lists and go out and it's a fun time," said Horne. "So it can be a fun time for other families to teach their children - it's not just about my school supplies, but lets collect school supplies for other children who might not have the same ability to get their own and for people who might not have children that want to help in some way. This is a great way and it's easy."

Laurel's school supply drive is taking place on July 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kim's No Bull on 16th Ave.

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