New­ton, Rock­dale schools re­ceive sup­ply-stuffed back­packs

The Covington News - - BACK TO SCHOOL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

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.”

Fluor Cor­po­ra­tion

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.”

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