School Supply Drive for LowCountry Orphan Relief
The Wando Marching Band is located in Charleston County, South Carolina. Charleston County School District is the second largest school system in South Carolina representing a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools that span 1,000 square miles of coastal lands. Wando High School has a population of 4,000 students, and 257 students were in marching band last year.
During band camp in August, the student leadership team decided to create a project that would benefit other students in Charleston County. The students decided that a school supply drive for the Low Country Orphan Relief (L.O.R.) would reach the most students throughout the district. For the entire week of band camp, students set up bins around the band field to collect supplies. Students even collected supplies in their neighbors as well as asking for donations on Instagram & Twitter. At the end of the week, the bins will filled with hundreds of notebooks, glue, pencils, pens, backpacks, school clothing, monetary donations, and other supplies for the L.O.R.
The students & parent volunteers sorted and delivered the bins of supplies to the Low Country Orphan Relief on Friday after band camp ended. The L.O.R. shelves were bare, and with school starting in two weeks, these donations were much needed for all the kids in our area.
The students were thrilled to give back to the community that has supported them.
“With all the community has done for the Wando bands, it just felt right to give back a little,” stated Austin Setser, a junior at Wando High School.
Overview of planning and execution process for this project
- June – Student leadership decides to create a community service project that coincides with band camp. Contact is made with Low Country Orphan Relief to get lists of what supplies were most needed.
- July – Student leadership & parent boosters collect bins, create signs, spread word to band students, neighbors, and community about project
- August (band camp) – Information distributed to parents and bins are labeled and organized around the band field; information posted on social media.
- August 4, 2017 – School supplies are organized and delivered to Low Country Orphan Relief.
- Band Camp week (August)
Sponsors/charities/volunteers/ other groups involved in the project and the benefits to each.
Wando Marching band students also benefited from this project as they learned to give back to the community that has supported them in so many ways.