Coin drive benefits Ferst Foundation

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United Bank of Newnan helped schools in Coweta County fulfill this year’s coin drive for the Ferst Foundation. They counted all the change and deposited it into the Ferst’s account. From left are, United Bank President Steve Stripling, Angela Dreadon, Ashley Hjemvick, Carrie Chafin, Aaron Corley, Kathy Hinesly and Nelda Boren. 


For the seventh year, the Coweta County School System supported a coin drive for Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, and this year they raised enough money to send over 6500 books into the homes of preschool children in Coweta County.

Coweta County schools competed against each other to see which school could bring in the most coins. The winners would receive $100 cash awards from United Bank of Newnan. Ruth Hill Elementary won for the elementary level with $1349.37 in coins. Madras Middle School won for the middle school level with $1344.23, and East Coweta High School won for the high school level with $2401.83.

The amount collected this year, exceeded the amount collected last year. This year, the schools in Coweta County collected $15,283.05 for the Ferst Foundation. Last year, the total raised was $14,424.19.

Each school picked creative ways to encourage its students to bring in coins. Ruth Hill held a coin competition, a hat day, and a pajama day. They also counted the coins by weight rather than number.

“I’m just proud we are number one out of 19 elementary schools,” said Ruth Hill Principal Dr. Aaron Corley. “We are a small school with a big heart.”

Madras Middle School also did a coin competition and pajama days, but they also held “snack and chats.” East Coweta High School organized their competition by school blocks, and offered the first block with the most coins donuts and juice. Their total this year exceeded last year’s by $300.

All the schools would bring their coins to the United Bank in Newnan where the bank would count them and deposit all into the Ferst Foundation’s account.

“Ferst Foundation is such a worthwhile organization in our community, promoting literacy,” said President of United Bank Steve Stripling. “United Bank is proud to associate with them over the past year and is excited that this year’s money raised exceeded last year’s.”

The Ferst Foundation’s goal is to be proactive in addressing literacy and the love of reading during the formative years from birth until age 5 by providing the funding for age appropriate books to be mailed monthly to homes for children and their parents to enjoy together.

Coweta County Ferst Team can now include a newsletter written for children in our county. The cost is only $2.33 per book or $28 a year. There are now approximately 1000 children being served in Coweta County. Members of the Coweta County Ferst Team are all volunteers and all of the money goes for books for children in Coweta County. There are no administrative costs or salaries. Funds are donated by individuals, Community Service Clubs and through other fundraising activities.



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