Community Support

Churches, businesses help out as school gets under way

by W. Winston Skinner


Students are back in class, and local businesses and churches have stepped up to help make the school year a good one.

D&H Distributing, which has a facility on Sharpsburg-McCollum Road, donated 80 cases of copy paper to Newnan Crossing Elementary School.

“Every year we have a drawing. This year, we selected Newnan Crossing Elementary,” said Shawn Parks, human resources manager with D&H.

“The drawing is always for the Coweta County schools,” he added.

D&H officials decided a few years ago to provide paper because the company wanted to make sure the gift was something “that can really be used,” Parks said. “Copy paper is something that is used at every school.”

Jason Sanders, the company’s distribution center manager, and Parks presented the paper to Terri Lassetter, principal at Newnan Crossing. Sanders said D&H has 171 employees and distributes 26,000 different items – many of them electronics – across the country.

“We’ll have enough paper not only to take us through this year – but probably through next year, as well,” Lassetter said. With lots of changes in testing and guidelines, “we’re having to redo curriculum,” she said, and that always creates a need for more paper.

“We’ll have enough paper to help through all the changes,” the principal said. Having paper provided also frees up school funds for other needs.

Employees of Owens Corning in Fairburn helped make the start of school better for a houseful of girls at the Children’s Village at Christian City. The entire plant workforce donated backpacks filled with school supplies, new shoes and uniforms for the girls who live in the cottage “adopted” by Owens Corning in 2013.

Employees delivered the donations and treated the 6- to 17-year-old-girls to a Back to School Party with make-your-own taco and ice cream sundae bars. Employees helping with the event were Lisa Anderson, human resources leader; Ken Maulsby, maintenance leader, and his wife, Cindy Maulsby; John Power, plant leader; and Terry Stapleton, vehicle maintenance mechanic.

Several area churches have also reached out to schools. Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road has had a connection with nearby Western Elementary School for several years. The church sponsored a lunch in the fellowship hall for the Western faculty and staff on the first day of pre-planning

Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak has a similar relationship with Unity Elementary School in Luthersville. Allen-Lee members supplied breakfast on the first day of pre-planning and donated a ream of paper for each staff member to start the new school year.

Allen-Lee’s United Methodist Women also have an ongoing collection of school supplies for Unity, and the Allen-Lee UMW and the UMW of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church in Luthersville jointly held a bookbag giveaway on July 26.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invited students of all ages are to bring their backpacks to church on Aug. 17 to receive a blessing.

Palmetto Baptist Church members distributed free school supplies to area children on Aug. 6. Church members enjoyed handing out the book bags filled with grade appropriate supplies, which included notebook binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, rulers, folders, pens and pencils for older children. Younger children received book bags containing crayons, glue sticks or school glue, children’s scissors, pencils,and a pencil box.

The supplies for younger students were prepared using a list from Palmetto Elementary School. Approximately 90 children attended the event.

Palmetto Baptist members also donated new and like new children's and teen’s clothing. Items were arranged on tables where children enjoyed selecting back-to- school clothing. In addition to clothing for the children, church members donated men’s and women's clothing and household items for adults to take home.

This event was the third clothes closet sponsored by the church this year. Palmetto Baptist leaders say giving back to the community with events like the school supply-clothes giveaway is their way of serving and showing Christian love in action.

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