For the second year in a row, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce asks its members to help the county’s three local school systems survive state and local funding cuts.
The chamber’s Education Committee launched June 13 a “school supply drive” in the hopes of rounding up enough copy paper, pencils and other critical items school systems used to take for granted but — because of reduced funding – now scramble to acquire.
“Mostly it’s copy paper,” notes Linda Foster, the chamber’s vice president for member services. “That’s their biggest need, that and pencils. Copy paper is by far what all the school systems need the most.”
Other items include hand sanitizers, tissue paper, book bags, notebook paper, glue sticks, construction paper, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, masking tape, Scotch tape, staples and staplers, crayons, file folders, red ink pens, highlighters, erasers, jump/flash drives, Band-Aids, scissors and head phones.
Items can be dropped off at the chamber office on Athens Street in Jefferson, or at the Farm Bureau office, Hometown Community Bank, First Commerce Bank, Jackson EMC, Gwinnett Federal Credit Union or Funopolis.