RIVERDALE — For the fifth year, Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley spearheaded a school supply drive to jump-start the 65 schools in the district.
“We’re going to keep doing it,” said Mosley. “It’s one of the ways we can keep helping out.”
Lovejoy Walmart, and Fayetteville and McDonough Target stores delivered hundreds of boxes of pens, pencils, paper, folders, index cards and more to Charles R. Drew High School Wednesday morning.
A Walmart semi-truck backed its way to the loading dock of the school’s cafeteria to unload 10 pallets of notebook paper. After waiting patiently for officials to get a forklift large enough to extract the pallets, Mosley and her team of volunteers worked diligently to distribute the boxes in piles for each school.
“We may be prosecutors but we’re also part of this community and we need to make sure that kids have every tool, every opportunity and to let them know that we are behind them 110 percent,” she said. “If they stay in school longer, get that high school diploma, move on to grad school they can become productive citizens other than ending up in my courtroom, that’s the goal, to keep kids in school.”
Organizations including the Psi Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Georgia law education institution Operation 21, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives dedicated their time to help unload and sort the loads of boxes.
“We’ve been collaborating with the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office for the last three years on different community initiatives like back to school, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said NOBLE Georgia Chapter President Robert Ford. “This is an important event for us, we have prepared young people to go back to school and we are making sure they have the necessary tools and materials to succeed.”
The organizations donated supplies that will add to the boxes of supplies that fill Mosley’s courthouse office. Those donated supplies will be given out at the Douglas Brothers Foundation school supply drive on Saturday, Mosley said.
“It is a great beginning, and we can build on that and that’s what it’s about,” said Clayton County Superintendent Luvenia Jackson. “Starting them off with what they need, that’s the key to it making sure that every child has what she or he needs to begin the school year.”
“(Students) have community partners and we’re here to stay, we’re going to be here till the very end,” Mosley added.