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Best Buy steps up, donates school supplies

Best Buy representatives joined student-athletes from Henry County High School, taking part in the annual fall festival known as “Hawk Fest,” at McDonough Elementary School. Best Buy donated $1,500 worth of school supplies to the elementary school.

Best Buy representatives joined student-athletes from Henry County High School, taking part in the annual fall festival known as “Hawk Fest,” at McDonough Elementary School. Best Buy donated $1,500 worth of school supplies to the elementary school.

Between the playful interactions with their older friends from the high school next door, students at McDonough Elementary School learned that their school was being honored with $1,500 worth of school supplies.

The supplies — notebooks, crayons, markers, pencils, and paper — were a gift from Best Buy of McDonough. This is the first year the retailer has given school supplies to any local school, according to Best Buy Spokesman Charles Shrum.

Shrum, and others from Best Buy, presented the cache of school supplies Friday, during Hawk Fest, an incentives program that pairs elementary students, who exhibit upstanding qualities, with student-mentors from Henry County High School, for a class period of fun every 12 weeks.

Best Buy Store No. 668, which recently began carrying school-supply products, is conducting a school-supply-giveaway promotion this year to high-performing schools with large numbers of students who qualify as being economically disadvantaged.

Shrum said the Best Buy staff plans to visit Rock Spring Elementary School on Nov. 4, during its career day activities.

“Our children are our future, and more importantly, the future leaders of our Henry County community,” said Shrum. “We want to challenge the community to also try and raise money for supplies for schools ... that are most in need.”

McDonough Elementary relies on support from its partners in education, according to Gena Williams, principal. She said the school receives supplies from Publix. Local churches also collect donations from the community for the school’s benefit.

Donated school supplies typically go into the school’s Hawk Supply Station, where students who need an item, or tool for class, can get it free of charge.

“A lot of our students wouldn’t have basic supplies, if we didn’t get donations,” said Lori VanBoxel, McDonough Elementary’s school counselor.

“This donation will also help teachers, who pay out of pocket, for a lot these supplies that some of our families can’t afford for their students.”