Newton, Rockdale schools receive supply-stuffed backpacks
Hundreds of backpacks stuffed with school supplies will make their way to students in need after a group of employees banded together to gather donations.
Golden State Foods Foundation and United Stationers donated 350 backpacks filled with supplies to the Newton County School System (NCSS), which were presented to the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) Tuesday, July 29 by Kim Donahue, human resources manager, and Kim Parris, human resources generalist for Golden State Foods.
“We are most appreciative of the Golden State Foods contributions to our children,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “For several years now, Golden State Foods has donated school supplies for our students in need, and it is greatly appreciated. This will mean a great deal to so many of our students.”
Elementary and middle schools in the school district will each receive backpacks to distribute, according to Fuhrey.
Donahue said employees from Golden State Foods and United Stationers teamed up to stuff each backpack, also giving 300 to Rockdale County Schools and 50 to a local women’s shelter.
“The backpacks and school supplies are paid for by the people who work for Golden State Foods with funding coming through payroll deductions,” Donahue said. “All of the money collected is put back into our local community.”
Employees from Fluor Corporation were also on hand to help students as they presented 50 backpacks filled with supplies to the BOE Wednesday, July 30.
Each backpack contained a spiral notebook, two composition notebooks, four assorted folders, one box of tissues, one box of plastic bags, one ruler, two boxes of crayons, one box of colored pencils, two boxes of #2 pencils, one bottle glue, four glue sticks, three pink erasers, one pair of scissors, one bottle of hand sanitizer, two highlighters and one permanent marker.
“We are grateful for this very generous donation,” Superintendent Fuhrey said. “The donation of backpacks helps us ensure that our students start school ready to learn. We appreciate the partnership with Fluor Corporation and thank them for their support of our students and families. What a fantastic way to start the new school year!”
Fluor is one of the world’s largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management companies, working with governments and clients in di- verse industries around the world to design, construct and maintain complex and challenging capital projects.
The company is currently working on a large construction project in Social Circle, and employees wanted to support students in the local school systems, according to Tara Sestok of Fluor.
“Fluor encourages its corporate offices and project sites to give back to the community,” Sestok said. “The global Building Futures/Backpack Project is one way employees can contribute and make a positive impact locally. Education is important to Fluor, and equipping school children with the basic supplies to begin the school year is a step in the right direction. The team assembled at this jobsite is one of the most thoughtful and generous groups of people I’ve worked with. It’s apparent how much everyone cares for our Newton County home.”