All supplies collected Saturday will be given to local schools and privately given to students in need.

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Group collects supplies for students

Published 7:01pm Thursday, August 4, 2011

A group of area volunteers have collected school supplies for students in need.

This is the 18th year the SS Kids, a group consistent of members from local churches, has collected back-to-school items such as paper, pencils and crayons.

The group will place those collected items in backpacks in West Madison Elementary School’s cafeteria this Saturday starting at 10 a.m., to organize supplies for the 400 to 500 students in need. Supplies will help students in Madison city and Madison County.

SS Kids, along with area churches, started collecting money for supplies this time last year.

Gail LeCroy is one of the group’s founding members. LeCroy’s son attended elementary school in Madison 18 years ago. She said he started school with all the supplies he needed, but some of his classmates did not.

“If we were able to give to a child who didn’t have anything, it might mean the difference in them looking forward to going to school,” she said. “There are a lot of things I can’t do, but I can do spreadsheets and shop.”

All supplies collected Saturday will be given to local schools and privately given to students in need.

For $30, donors can provide a backpack filled with the crayons, glue, scissors, a dictionary, paper, pencils and other supplies on the lists published by each area school.

Last year, the group collected $9,221 and spent approximately $8,805 for 500 children in thirteen schools.

Area churches involved in this effort filled backpacks for children kindergarten through ninth grades for Madison Elementary, West Madison Elementary, Horizon Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Rainbow Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Discovery Middle, Liberty Middle, Harvest, Endeavor Elementary, Sparkman Middle, Monrovia Middle, and Madison Crossroads schools.

“We also provided additional cases of paper, pencils, notebooks for children who had some, but not all, of their supplies, and to replenish depleted supplies,” she said.

People in need should contact their school’s counselor.

If anyone is interesting in donating, make a check payable to Asbury Methodist Church and indicate SS Kids in the memo section of the check.

If anyone has any questions or would like to help Saturday, contact Sheila Raby at (256) 830-0550 (home), (256)797-5962 (cell); or or Gail LeCroy at (256)464-9972 (home), (256)532-3990 (work) or

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