Hun­dreds of filled back­packs do­nated to NCSS

Em­ploy­ees of Golden State Foods, United Sta­tion­ers con­trib­uted to fund gift

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Three-hun­dred back­packs full of school sup­plies were do­nated to the New­ton County School Sys­tem. Golden State Foods Foun­da­tion and United Sta­tion­ers dropped off the back­packs at the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion build­ing on Thurs­day night. Kim Donahue, hu­man re­sources man­ager for Golden State Foods; Kim Par­ris, Golden State Foods hu­man re­sources gen­er­al­ist and foun­da­tion chair; and Wayne Mor­gan, cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent, made the pre­sen­ta­tion to the school sys­tem.

“We’re most ap­pre­cia­tive of Golden State’s con­tri­bu­tions to our chil­dren,” said Sa­man­tha Fuhrey, su­per­in­ten­dent of New­ton County Schools. “This will mean a great deal to so many of our stu­dents.”

Each of the school dis­trict’s el­e­men­tary and mid­dle schools re­ceived back­packs to dis­trib­ute to stu­dents in need. Donahue noted that em­ploy­ees from Golden State Foods and United Sta­tion­ers teamed up to stuff each back­pack with sup­plies.

“In 2007, Golden State Foods Foun­da­tion and United Sta­tion­ers Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion es­tab­lished a back­pack pro­gram as a suc­cess­ful model to help chil­dren be­gin the school year with a proper and com­plete set of school sup­plies,” Donahue said.

“This is con­sis­tent with our mis­sion, and the pro- gram helps to en­gage our em­ploy­ees in mean­ing­ful, char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties that make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those in need. The fact is many stu­dents be­gin the school year with in­ad­e­quate or no sup­plies, and this pro­gram meets this need. We also hope stu­dents feel en­cour­aged by the sup­port they re­ceive from our com­pany and em­ploy­ees.”

In ad­di­tion to do­nat­ing back­packs to New­ton County Schools, 350 back­packs were do­nated to Rock­dale County Schools, 500 were do­nated to Gwin­nett County Schools, and 50 were do­nated to a lo­cal women’s shel­ter.

“Th­ese back­packs and school sup­plies are paid for by the peo­ple who work for Golden State Foods,” Mor­gan said. “The fund- ing comes through pay­roll de­duc­tions, and all of the money col­lected is put back into our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

“At our school we con­tinue to see an in­crease in stu­dent en­roll­ment, es­pe­cially af­ter the La­bor Day hol­i­day. We have 703 stu­dents en­rolled to date, which is al­most 100 more stu­dents than we had at the open­ing of school last year,” said Michael Fore- hand, prin­ci­pal of Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary School.

“En­ter­ing a brand new school can be a scary time for young chil­dren,’’ Fore­hand said. “Stu­dents in­nately ap­pre­ci­ate a struc­tured and safe en­vi­ron­ment. We are so thank­ful to Golden State Foods for pro­vid­ing our stu­dents with ex­tra book bags and school sup­plies for those who are in need of such items.”

Dar­rell Everidge /The Cov­ing­ton News

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