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Clayton Schools distributes donated supplies

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Rhonda Burnough, community relations liaison for Clayton County Public Schools, said enough school supplies were collected by seven Chick-fil-A and Truett's Grill locations in Clayton County last month to ensure the county's schools are well stocked for the 2009-10 academic year.

On Thursday, after all of the supplies had been sorted, Burnough said she believed the district had received as much as $7,000 in school supplies.

Burnough said there were so many supplies donated by the restaurants, each of Clayton County's 60 schools will get four, small Chick-fil-A boxes of supplies, two bags of miscellaneous supplies, and an arts-and-crafts bag for elementary school art teachers. Clayton Schools maintenance workers distributed the supplies to the individual schools on Friday.

"I think we'll be well stocked for most of the school year, especially with pencils and paper," Burnough said. "One of the things we really want to emphasize is our thanks to the community for supporting the children, and supporting the school system."

Managers of the restaurants presented the supplies to Burnough and Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley Aug. 8, during the district's back-to-school rally. The restaurants started collecting the supplies in July, and continued through Aug. 6. This is the third year the Chick-fil-A and Truett's Grill locations have done a school-supply drive for the school system.

During the supply drive, Chick-fil-A and Truett's Grill managers asked customers to donate wide-ruled notebook paper, 16-count boxes of crayons, packs of No. 2 pencils, and 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch spiral-bound notebooks. Burnough said the community went beyond that short list, and also donated binders, markers, colored pencils, boxes of Kleenex, bottles of hand sanitizer, Post-it Notes and pairs of scissors.