TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- With school starting in a week United Way and Northeast Mississippi partnered up Friday, July 26 and supplied schools across the area with school supplies.
Each year United Way hosts a backpack giveaway for the incoming school year.
Over the last few years, they have noticed a decrease in attendance and instead delivered those supplies to each elementary school in Northeast Mississippi.
The United Way director says this helps to relieve stress off of families while preparing for the new school year.
Their efforts also help to make sure student have what they need throughout the school year.
"Paper, pencils, and glue sticks and we went out and bought those in bulk. We re out delivering those to schools, not just in Tupelo/ lee county but also across the six counties we cover, about 60 elementary schools," says Robin McKinney.
Other counties that received supplies included Chickasaw County, Itawamba County, Pontotoc County, Prentiss County, Tishomingo County, and Union County.