Many Clay County children will need school supplies in the fall. With the continued downward trend of the economy, some parents simply can't afford to buy the items and the need is increasing.
Carol Rector and Jill Scarbrough of the Brazil Public Library first noticed the need four years ago.
"I was made aware that teachers at Staunton Elementary School were buying supplies for lots of students out of their own pockets," Rector said. "I was sure that teachers at the other schools were doing the same."
But they couldn't meet all the demands of every needy child in the county. So Rector and Scarbrough developed Project School Supply.
The last two years, local churches have collected school items as a local mission for the adult education. Now the Vacation Bible Schools are supporting the project and the local teacher association donates also.
But more supplies are needed. The fourth annual "Project School Supply" begins Monday. The patrons and staff of the Brazil Public Library will accept new, basic school supplies through Aug. 30.
Items needed are: notebooks and paper, pens, pencils, colored pencils, erasers, glue, crayons, scissors, rulers, backpacks, school boxes and folders.
Friends of the Library and patrons of the library donated money last year which was used to purchase backpacks.
All supplies will be divided equally among the county's seven elementary schools. Items will be delivered to the schools to be distributed at the discretion of teachers and principals.
Donations of supplies or money can be brought to the Brazil Public Library main office at 204 N. Walnut St., the Library Annex at 203 N. Walnut St. or to the south branch at 700 Main St. in Clay City.
"We thought, when parents are purchasing their children's school supplies, if they could buy just one extra item it would add up and be a great help." Rector said.
The public is encouraged to participate in this effort to help the students of Clay County begin the school year well equipped and ready to learn.