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FMU students to give school supplies to local children, Aug. 5

    FLORENCE, S.C. – A group of Francis Marion University business students has organized “FMU Tools for School” and has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club to give school supplies to local children in need.

    On Friday, Aug. 5, from 4-7 p.m., the Florence County Boys & Girls Club will host its celebration of National Kids Day. During that event, eight students from the FMU School of Business will give children bags full of school supplies.

    “The key to lowering unemployment, increasing our region’s prosperity, and improving everyone’s quality of life is education,” said Mary R. Dittman, instructor of marketing at FMU.  “For a lot of children, back-to-school is an exciting time – new notebooks, new pencils and pens, a fresh pack of paper. But many children in Florence County begin the school year without those basic supplies. Our Business 150 class is addressing that need.”

    “We’ve been going into the community asking for donations – not just monetary, but also the school supplies,” said Jeremiah Glover, a Business 150 student and mass communications major. “We’re even chipping in ourselves and buying school supplies with our own money. We’re committed to making a difference and we hope the Florence community wants to help.”

    Several area businesses have already contributed financially. Some have donated pens, paper, computer diskettes, and notepads. 

    “The great thing about this project is that even $10 goes a long way,” said Dittman. “The old adage, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ also applies here. We’ve received donations of outdated pens, for example, where a company is changing its logo or has moved to a new location. Rather than throwing those pens and pencils away, they can be used by children at school.”

    “It’s a great feeling to be helping kids,” said Cheska Therrell, a member of the Business 150 class. “There are only eight of us, but it’s really rewarding to know that local children are going to have what they need to start the school year off right. I used to think one person couldn’t make a difference, but now I see that even a ‘starving college student’ can impact a life and a community immediately.”

    FMU Tools for School is a service-learning project that is part of the Summer II Business 150 class taught by Dittman. All money received will be used to purchase school supplies at local stores for local children.

    For more information, contact Dittman at (843) 661-1495 or

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Last Published: February 23, 2007 10:20 AM
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