Nearly 200 students received bags filled with school supplies Aug. 5 at Roseland’s third annual community school supplies giveaway at Town Hall.

Volunteers filled the children’s bags with binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, pencil boxes, protractors, paper, scissors, crayons and coloring books, a news release said.

“I am looking forward to the upcoming school year,” 15-year-old Amite High School student Taylor Irving said. “I am very happy about seeing my friends, and there’s so many challenges in high school. I’m ready, I think.”

Mayor Wanda McCoy, town councilmen, town leaders and friends sponsored the communitywide school supply drive. The mayor thanked council members Yvette Brooks Johnson, Marilyn Jackson, Van Showers, Sandra Turner and Ruthie Vernon, Town Clerk Sharlet Jackson, Sky’s Pantry owner Shermane Terrel, the Roseland Police Department and all the volunteers.

“It is vital that those of us in our Roseland community be proactive in finding ways to support and empower our own children to dream high, work hard and want to aspire to be good, honest, decent members of our community,” McCoy said.

Older members of the community were in attendance to offer advice, encourage, motivate and guide students as they prepared for the 2015-16 school year, the release said.