Volunteer Ascension's annual School Tools supply drive proved to be yet another success for the organization, bringing in hundreds of donated items during both the "Corporate Challenge" and the "Community Challenge."

For 20 years the organization has been heavily involved in collecting school supplies for children throughout the Parish. On Friday, industry, businesses and local municipalities stopped by Eatel on Worthey to stuff the school bus full of supplies and offer monetary donations. On Saturday, community members were outside of the Walmart in Donaldsonville and Gonzales collecting supplies as well.

Volunteer Ascension Executive Director Sherry Denig said the school drive was a success, despite the numerous hurdles Ascension has faced in the last year.

"It's been great," she said. "We didn't know for sure because there's been so much going on, the flood and all, but it hasn't hindered the day at all. Everybody's been very generous, they started very early and continued steadily."

This week the organization will inventory all supplies collected over the weekend at Central Middle School where they will evenly distribute them amongst all schools. Denig said though their primary focus is on k through eighth grade, they do send item to the high schools as well 

In addition to school supplies, numerous monetary donations were given from various organizations, community members and businesses such as AARP, Shell, East Ascension Rotary and BASF, to name a few.

Money collected from the event will be used to purchase school supplies and new uniforms for students, Denig said.