Southern pupils were surprised with stationery donations this week.
Staff from the Southern Institute of Technology delivered care-packages full of stationery to Ascot Community School, Te Wharekura O Arowhenua, New River Primary and Invercargill Middle School.
Southern Institute of Technology marketing manager Laura McKenzie said the care packages were made up of both old and new equipment.
At the end of 2016 they had called for students to donate - the idea was that graduating students would donate all their leftover stationery from their studies.
People were very generous, she said.
"We were able to donate four big boxes of pens, pencils and books to local schools."
The idea for the stationery drive was initiated by Rugby Southland's Breidi McStay who approached the Southern Institute of Technology after hearing about a similar project at Otago Polytechnic.
McKenzie said they hoped to run a stationery drive to help local schools at the end of each year.
"The schools were all very grateful.
"I don't think the kids were expecting it, they were surprised."
Another stationery drive was scheduled to run in May for schools in Vanuatu.