Each year, nearly 500 Hannibal School children are able to start school with the basic school supplies because of community donations given to a local community partnership.

Each year, nearly 500 Hannibal School children are able to start school with the basic school supplies because of community donations given to a local community partnership.

Partnering agencies Douglass Community Services and F.A.C.T. (Families and Communities Together) rely on community support to help Hannibal children begin the school year on a positive note.

Local organizations and individuals are being asked to donate basic school supply items, such as: backpacks, pencils, spiral bound notebooks, scissors, crayons, notebook paper, white glue and stick glue. Items can be left at any of the partnering agencies.

“We understand that all the items needed to start school can be a financial burden to some families,” said Stacey Nicholas, Community Outreach Initiative Director at Douglass Community Services. “We are not able to provide every item on every classroom list, but we are able to provide the basics so no child walks into school on the first day empty handed.”

Donations are requested by Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Any person wishing to volunteer to sort donations and pack the supplies is asked to call Nicholas at 573-221-3892.