Registration opens in county for school-supply assistance

The Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program has begun.

Bartholomew County families in financial need may register children entering kindergarten through Grade 12 in any public or private school in Bartholomew County for free basic school supplies.

During 2016, more than 2,000 students in Bartholomew County received free school supplies. All supplies are provided through contributions from the community.

Preference will be given to people who register by July 14.

To register, call United Way’s 2-1-1, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Espanol: 812-375-9370.

Donations also are being accepted, with financial donations enabling the committee to make bulk purchases. Tax-deductible cash, check or money-order donations can be made payable and sent to Sans Souci, 1526 13th Street, Columbus, IN 47201. List “School Supplies” in the memo line.

People can donate in person at Sans Souci, or make online donations at

The 2017 Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program members are Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus Sunrise Rotary, Community Center of Hope, Council for Youth Development, Cummins, Inc., Family Self-Sufficiency, Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, Sans Souci, Su Casa, United Way 2-1-1 and Volunteer Action Center.