USC fans ‘win’ fund rivalry

  • John C. Haskell of the Barnwell County United Way presents school supplies to Macedonia Elementary principal Teresa Brown.

The rivalry between local Clemson and University of South Carolina fans has benefitted schools in Barnwell County.

The Barnwell County United Way held its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 18-19 in front of Wal-Mart in Barnwell. United Way volunteers asked shoppers to donate school supplies or money to benefit Barnwell County’s three school districts.

“We had three buckets – one for Clemson, one for USC and one for ‘significant other’ universities such as Alabama, Georgia, Florida or whomever you pull for,” said John C. Haskell, Chief Professional Officer for the Barnwell County United Way.

This year, a total of $1,295.32 was raised, he said. “USC led the first weekend. Clemson donations surged the second weekend but then a gentleman supporting USC gave us a check for $100 which put them over the top,” said Haskell.

Gamecock donations totaled $624.25 and Tiger donations totaled $583.81. Those donating in the “significant other” bucket raised $87.28.

While USC fans “won” the competition, the real winners are local schools, said Haskell. Barnwell School Districts 19, 29 and 45 will each receive $400 as well as their share of the school supplies donated, he said. Those supplies, which were delivered on Friday, Aug. 25, included notebook paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, 3-ring binders, pencils, glue, scissors and crayons.

This matches last year’s donations.

“We really appreciate the supporters who donated money and supplies,” said Haskell. “We also appreciate all the volunteers who came out and participated in this event.