Photo by Kathy Jefcoats
State Court Solicitor General’s Office workers, Carl Freeman and Benjamin VerHoef, prepare to unload a truckful of school supplies.
Clayton County schools are inundated with donated packages of pencils, pens and paper in August, when kids go back to classes from a summer vacation.
By the Christmas break, however, supplies are pretty much depleted and the public's thoughts have turned away from readin', writin' and 'rithmetic.
But probationers, participating in the pre-trial intervention program in Clayton County State Court, stepped up to the plate to provide pupils with needed paper goods and other popular items.
Boxes of writing instruments, notebooks, erasers, folders, and even tissues and hand sanitizer, to ward off coughs and colds, were delivered Friday to the Clayton County Board of Education in Jonesboro, for storage, and later distribution to students.
State Court Solicitor General Tasha Mosley said the donations serve a multiple purpose.
"It feels good to do this for the kids of Clayton County," she said. "Providing them with what they need keeps them in school, keeps them educated, and keeps them out of my courtroom."
Officials say it's a win-win situation. The probationers get credit for the donations, and needy students are able to keep up with everyone else in their classes.
Mosley and her staffers, Carl Freeman, Benjamin VerHoef, Jessika Gilmore and Meg Cauchy, emptied a truck and car, filled with supplies.
Clayton County Public Schools Community Relations Liaison Rhonda Burnough oversaw Friday's delivery.
"This will help us replenish supplies for students and the schools who need them," she said. "Normally, a lot of people will buy supplies at the beginning of the year and donate to us. But the students go through most of it by December."
Students have about six months left in the school year after Christmas.
"No one really thinks about it then, and the prices go up after August, too," said Burnough. "A lot of the stores tend to run short of supplies. This donation will really help students who are running low on supplies."
Mosley's office will make donations of toiletries this week to Rainbow House, Securus House and Calvary Refuge Center. All provide emergency shelter and transitional housing and food for families in need.