TROY — The school drive at Honda American Motor Co. Inc. started this past Monday and will continue into next week, giving families the opportunity to pick up school supplies for their students.
The school drive is organized by the Miami County Children’s Services Board. According to Intake Supervisor for MCCSB Amy Waters, the school drive has been going on for 13 years. It has been held at the Staunton Grange and the MCCSB’ old office, which is now Community Action Center.
“We switched to Honda four years ago, since it’s in town, large and they have a lot of volunteers on hand willing to help,” Waters said.
The number of students needing supplies has increased dramatically. Waters said that during the first school drive, 350 kids and their families showed up; last year, the number was 1,200.
“We’ve had 830 kids in the first two days,” she said.
Rachel Warren is a Parts Campaign Specialist with Honda. She said the volunteer group, Honda Community Action Team or HCAT, has been donating supplies to the drive for many years prior to hosting the drive at Honda.
“We always do a lot of activities throughout the whole community, to give back,” she said. “We think it’s a really great event to give back to the community and to give to the kids and families who need the supplies for a good school year.”
Donna Knapp learned about the school drive from a flyer at her workplace and brought her son Kyle to the drive Friday.
“Last year he was in Kyle, and this year he’s starting school at Heywood,” she said. “He picked up a backpack, pencils, crayons and scissors for the year.”
Kyle said he was looking forward to starting second grade and meeting new friends.
Suzanne Ryerson brought her children, three of whom attend Milton-Union Elementary School. As her children were comparing back packs and looking at their new supplies, Ryerson commented that the program was incredibly helpful.
“I’m an at-home mom, and my husband works a lot of hours to help support us,” she said. “After paying school fees, it does get pretty tight. This program helps us get our kids what they need to start off the school year strong.”
The drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10, 12 and 14 of next week in the training center, which is located at S. Stanfield Rd. in Troy. Families can find the center by driving up to the second set of doors.
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