Registration open for Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program

The Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program is back for another year, offering free school supplies to students and families in financial need.

The program is a committee of several different local organizations that have come together over two decades to ensure that Bartholomew County children in grades K-12 who need the essential tools to begin school have what they need, United Way’s Alicia Monroe said.

The program serves more than 900 families and 2,000 students every year, according to Monroe.

Anyone with children who attend school in Bartholomew County are eligible, this encompasses students enrolled in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. (BCSC) and Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp., and does include private school and home-schooled students.

Those interested must pre-register by Tuesday, July 30.

This can be done by calling United Way’s United We Help line at 812-375-2216 for English or Su Casa at 812-375-9370 for Spanish between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

United Way serves as the fiscal agent of the school supply program— those interested in donating funds to go towards the program can do so at

When eligible families call, they will be given a day, time and location to pick up the supplies in a drive-thru format.

Organizations a part of the committee include: BCSC, Bartholomew County Public Library (BCPL), Centra Credit Union, Columbus Sunrise Rotary, Community Center of Hope, Cummins Inc., Flat-Rock Hawcreek School Corp., Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, Su Casa Indiana and United Way of Bartholomew County.