Thousands get supplies

August 27, 2013

Some 1,000 students throughout Scotland County will soon be heading back to classes equipped with needed supplies, thanks in part to a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T.

Company representatives, joined by state Rep. Garland Pierce of Wagram helped kick-off the annual “Back to School – Stay in School” program at the I. E. Johnson school Saturday with a check presentation to Terence Williams, president of the Scotland County NAACP branch.

“A child who begins a new school year without basic supplies such as pencils or notebooks is already behind their peers, before the first quiz is ever given,” said Pierce. “It is exciting to see the community working together in this program, and others, to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed and maximize their potential.”

The annual “Back to School – Stay in School” program provides backpacks and other basic school supplies to students in need in the county.

School begins again next week.

Last year, the program assisted more than 1,000 students, with a goal of assisting even more for the 2013-14 school year.

“Far too many children throughout Scotland County come to class wondering whether they will have the pencils and paper they need, or whether anyone notices that they have no backpack,” Williams said. “This program provides the basic tools the children need to be able to put aside these types of distractions and focus on the task of learning. We appreciate the support of leaders like Representative Pierce and the business community as we work to assure that all children have an equal opportunity to achieve academically and reach their full potential.”

“At AT&T, we have a long history of supporting education,” Lyon said. “We also believe that there is no better way to support a community than by supporting the education of its children. We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this life changing program.”

This is the fifth consecutive year AT&T has supported “Back to School – Stay in School” program drive.