Homebuilders to hold scholarship fundraisers

COVINGTON - Every year, the Newton County Homebuilders Association helps local students through its scholarship fund and Partners in Education program.

This year, the HBA is asking for assistance from the community in keeping that tradition alive.

The HBA gives out three scholarships to seniors at local high schools each year and purchases library books for Livingston and Rocky Plains elementary schools. The HBA also provides two in-house scholarships for children of its members.

Donations to those causes have decreased during the last two years, and the HBA can no longer afford to supplement donations through the general fund, said Executive Officer Andrea Hammond.

The association is holding two fundraisers in hopes of raising at least $3,500 for its scholarship and Partners in Education programs.

The first, a yard sale, will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Newton Federal Bank at the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Martin Luther King Drive.

The public can donate items to be featured in the yard sale through Thursday. So far donations have yielded a wide variety of wares, including kids clothes and toys, home decor, electronics and appliances, luggage, bedding and pet supplies.

"We have everything in the world at our yard sale, including the kitchen sink, because someone brought us a kitchen sink," Hammond said.

Items that are not sold will be donated to charity, she said.

To donate, call the HBA at 770-786-3333.

"It's for us to be able to turn around and give money away. It's not for our bottom line. We encourage people to help support it ... it's for the kids," Hammond said.

Registration is also under way for a sporting clay shoot to take place Nov. 18 at Burge Plantation.

The price for a team of four is $400. Sponsorships range from $100 to $200. Businesses may also donate prizes for contestants.

For more information, call the HBA or visit www.newtoncountyhba.com.