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Sebring Community Equips Students with Supplies for Class

United Way Backpack Donations


September 14, 2021

Individuals, businesses, and organizations continue to make a tremendous impact on Sebring students of all ages and in the district’s classrooms with donations of school supplies.

For more than 15 years, Sue Sanor, owner of Leonard’s Hardware, has collected school supplies for B.L. Miller from community members. 

Jill Dennis, Sebring’s CARE Team Coordinator describes Sanor’s passion, saying “Sue believes ‘giving should be contagious, not involving just one person, but involving the community.’”

And sure enough, the community has continued to provide for students and their families. “I have so many people and groups who assist in many ways throughout the year,” says Dennis. “Just the number of those providing support for supplies is quite a long list!”

Supplies collected at Leonard’s Hardware and Dollar General in Beloit were available for students at each building’s open house at the start of the school year.

More than 40 backpacks filled with supplies were provided to the school. The Sebring K-9 Association put together more than a dozen backpacks with supplies from donations by Children of the Village in need. The United Way’s Success By 6 program also provided 25 supply-filled backpacks to the new kindergarten students at B.L. Miller.

The district’s first grade students received backpacks with supplies (and socks!) as a part of a new reading program through the United Way. Adult volunteers through the United Way will be reading online with some of the district’s first grade students each week through the Raz-Kids interactive digital library.

The Salvation Army/Sebring Unit provided Back-to-School vouchers that could be used for clothing, supplies, or other items needed to start school. The organization has provided support to Sebring students for more than 20 years, and donates additional school supplies as needed in the district throughout the year.

“The availability of school supplies has allowed our students and teachers to start the year focused on learning,” says Toni Viscounte, Sebring Superintendent. “We’re so grateful to have a community that supports our students, teachers, and our district so generously.”

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