JONESBORO — Clayton County students will have a little extra help with basic school supplies when the new year begins on Aug. 5.

Thanks to Solicitor General Tasha Mosley and members of her staff, thousands of supplies like paper, pencils, binders, pens and folders have been delivered to every school in the district.

Mosley said the $23,000 worth of supplies were purchased using funds from the office’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program. The program allows for some non-violent offenders to donate Walmart or Target gift cards in exchange for shaving time off their community service hours.

“Our program benefits all our kids in Clayton County, and because of it they’ll have access to supplies,” Mosley said.

Mosley started a school supply program approximately 10 years ago. She said since then it has grown and evolved.

“This has continued with the support of our community,” she said. “It’s meant to fill the void when money is tight for our parents and teachers.”

Mosley’s office will hand out 1,000 bags of supplies during the school district’s 3rd Annual Back to School Bash on July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Charles Drew High School, 6237 Garden Walk Blvd. in Riverdale.

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