For the past several years, Helena Burton, who is a 2017 graduate of B-L High School, has organized from start to finish the Panther Pride School Supply Drive. She started the program back in 2016 when she was a senior at B-L High School as a way to give back to the school district that she said gave her so much and to help less fortunate children within the community have the best start possible to each new school year.
This year was no different as Helena, who is now a junior at Lander University where she is majoring in Secondary English Education, volunteered her time, as did numerous others, during the Schedule Pick-Up/Meet the Teacher event on August 14th to collect school supply donations from parents and students. Then, she took the time to sort through the items, divide them by schools, box them up, and deliver them during the early weeks of September. Each school in Lexington Three received more than 100 items that will be dispersed to students on an as-needed basis.
“There is no doubt that Helena exemplifies what it means to have the “Heart of a Panther” and we in Lexington County School District Three are so very grateful for her continued support of our students and schools,” said Dr. Stephen Hefner, Interim Superintendent of Lexington Three.
Helena says she plans to continue the Panther Pride School Supply Drive as long as she is able to do it and as long as there’s a need for it.