Myrtle Beach Pelicans, WMBF News team up for ‘Pack the Camper’ school supply drive

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 1:14 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 11:21 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The 2022-2023 school year is quickly approaching, and we want to make sure that students have all the tools they need to be successful.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, WMBF News and Campers Inn RV teamed up to host a school supply drive at the Pelicans Ballpark on Friday.

“The kickoff to the school year is always an exciting time,” said Ryan Canella, Assistant General Manager of Sales for the Pelicans. “The lead-up can also be stressful for many parents and teachers as school supply shopping can add up.”

Those who donated school supplies received a free wristband to the Rockin’ Jump Fun Zone at Pelicans Ballpark. The wristband was available to kids 12 and under.

A suggested list of supplies included pencils, notebooks, binders and other basic school supplies.

Ashely Delval, a mother of two, said for her family this year the average cost was about $50 per child. Although there may have been an increase in back-to-school costs, she still wanted to grab a few extra items for those in need.

“It went up a little, but still lots of empty shelves, so we got what we can and some extra stuff to donate,” said Delval.

Pelicans General Manager Kristen Call explained how the drive was a huge benefit for many around the Grand Strand.

“When you have the right tools at your disposal as a student, as a teacher, then you’re prepared to learn and set up for the best success you could have,” she said.

All in all, the drive was considered to be a home run for all involved.

“We have seen tons of people,” said Ed Sulem, of Guest Services. “Both young people, and also senior citizens, retirees, bringing all kinds of school supplies. This is probably one of the better years that we’ve had.”

The first day of school for students at Horry County Schools is August 15.

With an outpouring of support and donations this week, many students will now be ready when that first bell rings.

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