By Alan Buis
Hundreds of elementary school students and their families in western Chatham County will begin the school year with much-needed supplies, courtesy of a giveaway drive organized by Chatham County Democratic Party.
Party volunteers distributed nearly 320 pounds of school supplies to individual families in Siler City neighborhoods on August 26. More than 90 families benefitted from the giveaway. The materials included school essentials such as pencils, crayons, composition books, highlighters, glue sticks, scissors, backpacks, whiteboard markers, and paper. Chatham Democratic volunteers were on hand to distribute voter education and registration information to interested individuals.
The school supply drive was the brainchild of Chatham County Democratic Party volunteers Brenda Kalt and Alirio Estevez. Kalt organized an online collection of supplies among Chatham County Democrats, while Estevez worked with Latino and Hispanic leaders in Siler City to get the supplies out to the community. Numerous other Chatham Democratic volunteers contributed to the effort.
“We believe all students should have the supplies they need to succeed in school,” said Chatham County Democratic Party Chair Sue Blalock. “Education is the foundation for success in life. We are excited about organizing events like this that allow us to give back to our Chatham communities.”