Clerk’s Employees Help Needy Students Start The School Year

Employees donated hundreds of new spiral notebooks, folders, pencils, pens and boxes of crayons to the Clerk & Comptroller’s annual school supply drive to help underprivileged children in Palm Beach County start their school year with much-needed supplies.

Items collected included $150 in Walmart gift cards, 70 backpacks, 785 spiral notebooks, 661 folders, 593 boxes of crayons, 338 composition notebooks, 298 packs of pencils and 267 packs of loose-leaf paper.

Employees of Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock bought supplies with their own money and also raised money within their departments to buy additional school supplies and gift cards.

“So many of our clerk’s staff are also parents, so they understand how important it is for children to start school on the right foot,” Bock said. “Our office again has shown the dedication to the community that makes me so proud to be clerk.”

Half of the donated supplies, including the backpacks and $80 in gift cards, were donated to the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County to distribute to children living at the center’s emergency shelter for homeless families. The rest of the supplies and $70 in Walmart gift cards were delivered to the west area office of the School District of Palm Beach County for students in the Glades communities of western Palm Beach County.

The school supplies drive is part of the clerk’s Charitable Giving Program, which includes community service, raising money for employee-selected nonprofit organizations through the Dress Down Friday program and supporting agencies such as the United Way of Palm Beach County.

For more about the clerk’s office, visit or call (561) 355-2996.

ABOVE: Clerk Sharon Bock with Cristina Sotolongo, development coordinator for the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, and Peter Lansing, assistant director of Pat Reeves Village.