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Beth Embree, St. Stephens Elementary School Asst. Principal
John Bailey, Catawba County United Way Director of Community Impact

United Way School Supply Drive Continues through Aug. 1

The Catawba County United Way has collected thousands of items donated through the month of July as part of its school supply drive. The items can be stockpiled by all three local public school districts – Catawba County, Hickory Public, and Newton-Conover.

The 2022 United Way School Supply Drive runs through August 1. Donations can be dropped off at the Catawba County United Way office at 2760 Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The items will be distributed to the school districts prior to the start of the school year and parents can access the supplies through their child’s school guidance office.

Last year, the United Way drive collected more than 6,000 individual items.

The percent of economically disadvantaged students in 2021 was 41.3% in Catawba County Schools, 53% in Hickory Public Schools, and 50.5% in Newton-Conover City Schools, according to the NC Department of Public Instruction.

For more information, call 828-327-6851 or email