Back-to-School

Masonic groups hold celebration for youngsters

by Clay Neely

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Bonita Hartage and Bertram Thomas Jr. give away a bag of school supplies to a local family for the back-to-school celebration. 


With the new school year beginning for Coweta County School System this week, a celebration was thrown for Newnan schoolchildren on Saturday in order to raise their back-to-school excitement.

The Newnan Prince Hall “family” brought six Masonic groups together to create the large celebration in the park across Spring Street from the Newnan Lodge.

The celebration fed more than 500 people. There was a video game truck for kids, along with a live DJ and music, clowns, face painting and more. The groups also set up a free voter registration booth for adults.

Bags filled with school supplies were prepared for the event. The bags contained notebooks, folders, pens and pencils, scissors, glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils and more, all paid for by the celebration's sponsors.

By the end of the day, more than 300 kids in elementary school through high school received bags of free supplies.

“We enjoy giving back to the community and an event like this is a fantastic way to show it,” said Deede Wilson, Grand Associate Matron of the state of Georgia from The Order of the Golden Circle. “It is truly better to give than receive and we feel blessed for the opportunity to come together and do so.”

This event marks the second year in a row that the Newnan area Masonic organizations have collaborated with each other to throw this kind of celebration.



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