Children’s services begins school drive

By Melody Vallieu

Not everyone finds back-to-school shopping for new clothes and school supplies easy. For some, lack of funds can cause stress on parents and children alike.

To help, Miami County Children’s Services is partnering with local businesses to help make the first day of school exciting for everyone in Miami County.

“This is our 13th year of running the school supply drive for Miami County,” said Amy Water of Miami County Children’s Services. “When it first started, we helped approxinately 300 children. Last year, we provided supplies for just over 1,200 children.”

All of the supplies provided are through donations from community members and organizations.

Items needed include book bags, paper (college and wide-ruled), Ziplock bags (gallon and quart size), folders, crayons, tissues, school boxes or pouches, rulers, pencils, compasses, index cards, spiral notebooks (college and wide-ruled), white glue bottles and sticks, highlighters, Post-it notes, colored pencils, markers, scissors, large pink erasers, pens, hand sanitizer, protractors, scotch tape and calculators.

“Our biggest need this year, as it has been in the past, is back packs for all age children,” Waters said.

At this time, Waters said barrels for donations are available at:

• Upper Valley Medical Center, 3130 N. County Road 25-A, Troy

• Troy Daily News, 224 S. Market St., Troy

• Edison Community College, 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua

• Miami County Children’s Services, 51o W. Water St., Suite 210, Troy

Waters said children’s services staff will be at Walmart in Troy collecting school supplies on July 17 and July 30.

Supplies will be handed out at Honda in Troy the first two weeks of August on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone who is a resident of Miami County is invited to come and get necessary supplies for their children.

“We also will accept items up until the end of handout, as what we don’t use this year we will use next year,” Waters said.

Waters said monetary donations for staff to purchase supplies also can be accepted at the children’s services offices.

Any businesses interested in having a barrel dropped off at their location to collect items for the drive can call Waters at (937) 335-4103.

Melody Vallieu can be reached at (937) 552-2131 or email her at