School Tools

United Way providing school supplies to 4,200 K-5th-grade Cullman County students

Carol Berry, left, and Becky Goff, right, of the United Way of Cullman County (Photo courtesy of UWCC)

CULLMAN, Ala. – United Way of Cullman County (UWCC) announced Monday the launch of a new program to support elementary schools and students with Cullman County Schools. “School Tools” will provide a box containing $30 worth of school supplies to each of the Cullman County school system’s 4,200 Kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

The new initiative is called SCHOOL TOOLS-Helping Cullman County Students Start School Ready to Learn.

“This project was developed to reduce the financial stress for families impacted by COVID-19,” said Becky Goff, executive director, UWCC.  “Thanks to the support of each of our partners, every K-fifth-grade student in the Cullman County Schools will receive a box of School Tools.”

Each box, with a retail value of $30, will contain:  10-pack of pencils, four Elmer’s Glue Sticks, two packs of Crayola Crayons, Fiskars scissors, two packs of wide-ruled notebook paper, Crayola colored pencils, multi-pack of four Expo markers and a pencil pouch.

“United Way of Cullman County has a vision for our community where there are opportunities for every child to succeed in school.” Goff said.  “Our school year might look different this year, but the need to support our families and ensure our students have the tools they need is even greater. We know that being prepared also keeps children motivated and excited.”

According to UWCC, “The support of this project is due largely in part to community business leaders who stand with us and believe that every child should have the tools they need to succeed.  This was no easy task, but thanks to the volunteers at United Way, we are hard at work assembling and getting boxes ready to deliver to 10 schools.  That is 4,200 boxes and almost 60,000 school supplies with a total resource impact of $127,000 for Cullman County outside of the countless hours of staff and volunteer time.”

Sponsors include:  Premier Bank of the South, Birmingham Fastener, Merchants Bank of Alabama, HomTex, Walmart DC #6006, WestRock, AGCO, HH Technologies, Alfa Insurance Agent Talisa Shikle, Brandin Iron Steakhouse, Bill Smith Buick GMC, Peoples Bank of Alabama, Cullman Electric, RE Garrison, Freedom Insurance Agency, Tyson Foods, Berry, Berry, Little and Chaney, The UPS Store, Holly Pond Animal Clinic, Publix, Payroll Services, Walker Brothers, Stewart Auto Supply and Holly Pond Tire and Lube. 

“United Way’s third annual Stuff the Bus event wrapped up Friday, July 27, and exceeded our previous years’ efforts,” Goff said.  “Those supplies donated by community members are being delivered to both Cullman County and Cullman City School administration this week and will benefit all kids K-12th grade.” 

UWCC is looking for volunteers to help pack the boxes over the next two weeks. If you can spare a little time, contact UWCC at 256-739-2948 or visit to send a message.

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United Way of Cullman County ordered pallets full of boxes to hold all the supplies being given to area K-fifth-grade students as they return to school this year. (Photo courtesy of UWCC)

W.C. Mann