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School Supply Drive

Drive 33 SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 – One way to support students in these challenging times is by donating earbuds for students to use with the Chromebook computers they are using for school and by donating masks, hand sanitizers and disposable gloves that can be given to students and their families.

“These particular items are in need as we are seeing families who are having great difficulty obtaining masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves,” said Michael Pesce, the Director of Social Work for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

“It is important that they have access to proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that they can protect themselves in their community and also as WS/FCS staff may be visiting their home to assist with remote learning issues.”

“The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Teams have begun visiting students at Remote Learning Centers and at their homes. They are able to help deliver these items. While we have been fortunate to be able to obtain these items for schools and staff, the supplies that we have received does not provide PPE for entire families.”  

“The earbuds are also very important as there are many families who have multiple children who are in class at the same time, as well as family members who are telecommuting themselves.  All of the noise from virtual conversations makes it extremely difficult for students to attend to remote learning. The earbuds help students to focus on the work that they are doing with their teachers and class.”  

Earbuds should have an integrated microphone and single-prong plug in.

Jennifer Cobb is the Volunteer Coordinator for WS/FCS. Because students are learning at home, she said, people who regularly volunteer in schools have not been able to do so.

Many have expressed the desire to help students, and this is one way to do that, Cobb said.

“This is a way that we can help fulfill some of the needs of students and their families at this time.”

To donate supplies, people should get in touch with Tony Dagnall, who is an administrative assistant for the School Social Work Department, to set up a time to drop off the supplies. His office hours at 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can send him an email at Tony Dagnall or give him a call. If you work outside the school system, please call him at (336) 748-4025. People calling from within the school system can reach him at extension 72445.

 Once an appointment is made with him, people can drop off the donation at the offices of the School Social Work Department, which are in the old City Market building at the corner of Sixth and Cherry streets.  Suite 230 and 185 are in the upstairs area of the building and can be accessed via the 6th Street entrance. 

The department shares the building with offices of The Downtown School, the offices of the WS/FCS Virtual Academy, and the Newcomer Center staff.

People who prefer to simply make a monetary donation to buy supplies are welcome to do so through the Lynne H. Berry School Buddies Fund, which the Social Work Department uses to buy needed food, clothing and school supplies, and to pay for medical and dental treatment.

Details on how to do this can be found at School Buddies Fund 

People with questions about the School Supply Drive can get in touch with Jennifer Cobb, WS/FCS Volunteer Coordinator at Jennifer Cobb