Author: Jerry Higgins & Catherine Jarboe
The North Carolina Department of Adult Correction (NCDAC) was thrilled to have the chance to make an impact all across NC in the 2023 Governor's School Supply Drive. Dozens of prison facilities – including offender groups who also participated – as well as community supervision offices and other sections gathered donated supplies across the state for four weeks this summer. Today, NCDAC Secretary Todd Ishee, accompanied by members of the staff and Warren County School Superintendent Keith Sutton personally delivered some of the collected supplies to Mariam Boyd Elementary School in Warrenton.
“Our staff is united in giving back to our communities through public service any way we can,” said Department of Adult Correction Secretary Todd Ishee. “Providing much-needed school supplies where we live and work is just one way we give back to those we serve and protect.”
In collaboration with the Governor’s Office, state agencies were paired with high-need public school districts around the state. Warren County Public Schools was selected based on the needs of the district and the presence and participation of the Warren Correctional Institution, an NCDAC facility located in nearby Manson, NC.
NCDAC participated in the annual drive, along with other state agencies, from July 24 – Aug.18th. Volunteers with Communities in Schools, Volunteer NC and Governor Cooper’s cabinet members will help distribute all the donations to public school classrooms across the state.
Not only did NCDAC sections collect the school supplies, but they were also extremely creative in the ways they collected the items. They created everything from simple collection boxes to more complex giant “clear bookbags” and a gigantic “Peanuts” lunch box to store the items.
(See all the photos from today's drop off here.)