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Halifax County Schools Superintendent Eric Cunningham was overjoyed with the gifts brought to the central office today — school supplies from a drive sponsored by the county’s sheriff’s office.

“I appreciate y’all so much,” Cunningham told Chief Deputy Scott Hall and Captain Anzell Harris. “This is awesome. We can’t do it without you. It’s good for the children to see law enforcement like this. It’s a big statement. We are partners.”

Cunningham said in a time when teachers are dipping into their wallets and pocketbooks to buy supplies for students, “Every little bit helps. Teachers are making sacrifices every day.”

The superintendent said the school system plans to divide the supplies equally among the schools in the system. “We plan to pool it with other donations so all schools will receive supplies.”

The sheriff’s office delivered similar items to Roanoke Rapids and Weldon, Hall said. “This is a giving community.”

For four Fridays last month the sheriff’s office was at Walmart to collect school supplies. “The community was just overwhelming with the amount of school supplies the kids would need and the teachers would like to have.”

Asked how many supplies were collected during the four Fridays, Hall said, “We would like to believe thousands of items.”

The reason for the drive was simple, he said. “As the sheriff has said in the past, the future is our youth. We want our youth to have every opportunity to go to school.”

Said Hall: “We’d like to thank everyone who contributed no matter how big or small and would like to thank Walmart for allowing us to have the back to school supply drive.”

Walmart donated hundreds of dollars worth of items. Some people shopping at the store would donate cash to those helping in the effort. “We would go back in,” and buy supplies, Hall said. 

Hall said more than $1,000 in cash was donated to the effort.