Orchard Park, N.Y. (WKBW) - You many have already emptied your desk and lockers. Now, what do you do with all those used school supplies?
"We are just trying to re-purpose supplies, rounded them up and ran a collection drive in each building. Now, we are in the process of packaging and shipping them. They will be in Afghanistan in about a month," Student Shreya Sood said.
Sood and her classmates in Orchard Park have gotten together to collect more than a thousand pounds of supplies through the Orchard Park Educational Outreach Program. Everything from notebooks to glue will be shipped overseas.
"Very special school Solas in Kabul Afghanistan," Group Leader Anthony Agnello said.
It is an all gir's school helping young women in Afghanistan become leaders in their community. Sood said any help they can get is essential to that success.
"We really come to appreciate their struggle. They literally risk their lives every day to get to school," Sood said.
It is not only Orchard Park students making a difference. School districts across Western New York are participating. There are also a number of businesses donating services to make the process a bit easier.
"It really provides a humanitarian outreach opportunity for kids in Western New York. Knowing that they are making a difference in the lives of kids a half a world away," Agnello said.
Group advisor Agnello said the project is not only about the donation. It is also about recycling used materials.
"This would have been a ton of landfill. Now, its going to be re-purposed and help facilitate education," Agnello said.
The group will be collecting materials for this summer shipment until Tuesday. They hope send the supplies out by August.
"It breaks my heart to hear their stories and I really wanted to do something to help these girls in any way possible," Sood said.