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Students receive school supplies from Goodwill Community Foundation

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Greene County Intermediate fifth-graders Gavin Smith, Ah'Zavian Strong and Alexander Summers, from left, are three of more than 500 students at their school who received school supplies from the Goodwill Community Foundation.

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BY BRENDA MONTY
The Standard Laconic

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SNOW HILL — Nearly 1,500 students at Snow Hill Primary, West Greene Elementary and Greene County Intermediate School received school supplies kits earlier this month from Goodwill Community Foundation.

Each kit contained three composition notebooks, crayons, pencils, an eraser, ruler, hand sanitizer, glue stick, scissors, five pencils and a pencil sharpener.

By design, the kits are intended to show each child that Goodwill supports their education, according to Stephanie McLean, Goodwill’s director of regional community development.

“So the students know people are there for them,” she said, adding that youth need to know others want them to be successful at school. “Let’s build their network early, so they can go on to be resources to others.”

Jada Mumford, the principal at Greene County Intermediate, recognized the need the kits filled.

“Students start school with supplies, but they run out. We are so appreciative. They need this,” Mumford said.

The kits were not simply handed out to students. McLean spoke to students about Goodwill’s mission and led students in cheering, “Right now, I am smart, strong, kind and magnificent.”

Proceeds from Goodwill donation centers and stores provide free online education for people worldwide. GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 1,000 lessons in typing, English, math, reading, job application and interview skills, and technology, such as use of social media and MicroSoft products and programs, like Excel.

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