School supplies donated

PARKERSBURG – The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is gearing up for the start of classes on Monday.

The agency has provided an afterschool program to students at McKinley Elementary School since 2007, serving about 20 children a day with academic assistance, recreation and social opportunities. A component of the agency’s Mid-Town Family Resource Center, funding has been provided from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the Ross Foundation, the McDonough Foundation and private donors.

Parent fees and fundraisers also contribute to operation costs.

To assist the agency and the families it serves, employees of United Bank conducted a back-to-school supply drive. Items were delivered on Tuesday by bank employees.

Supplies will be distributed to neighborhood families 4-6:30 p.m. today, said Lisa Weaver, program coordinator of the resource center. Families can also call to make arrangements to get supplies at other times, she said.

Light-refreshments will be offered today when parents of McKinley School students can enroll or re-enroll their children in the afterschool program. Information about other community resources and services provided by the Children’s Home Society also will be available.

The afterschool program, which begins on Monday, the first day of classes, will be available from school dismissal to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information about the afterschool program, call Weaver at 304-485-0650.