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Organizations donate school supplies to students

The Golden State Foods Foundation and the United Stationers have donated more 400 backpacks full of school supplies for local students. They will be distributed at various Newton County Schools. Pictured, from left, are Ericka Anderson, principal of Live Oak Elementary; Joy Scavella, principal of Clements Middle; Holly Dubois, principal of South Salem Elementary; Alan Satterfield, principal of Middle Ridge Elementary; Dr. Lizzella Dodson, principal of Porterdale Elementary; Karen Gibbs, assistant principal of Liberty Middle; Kim Donahue, Human Resources manager of Golden State Foods; and Dr. Takila Curry, principal of West Newton Elementary.

The Golden State Foods Foundation and the United Stationers have donated more 400 backpacks full of school supplies for local students. They will be distributed at various Newton County Schools. Pictured, from left, are Ericka Anderson, principal of Live Oak Elementary; Joy Scavella, principal of Clements Middle; Holly Dubois, principal of South Salem Elementary; Alan Satterfield, principal of Middle Ridge Elementary; Dr. Lizzella Dodson, principal of Porterdale Elementary; Karen Gibbs, assistant principal of Liberty Middle; Kim Donahue, Human Resources manager of Golden State Foods; and Dr. Takila Curry, principal of West Newton Elementary.

COVINGTON -- The Golden State Foods Foundation and the United Stationers have donated more than 400 backpacks full of school supplies for local students.

Kim Donahue, Human Resources manager for Golden State Foods, recently made the presentation at the Newton County Board of Education.

"We're most appreciative of Golden State's contributions to our children," said Dr. Gary Mathews, superintendent of Newton County Schools. "This will mean a great deal to so many of our students."

The book bags will be distributed to students at Middle Ridge, Porterdale, Fairview, Live Oak, West Newton and South Salem elementary schools, Clements and Liberty middle schools and Challenge Charter Academy.

"In 2007, the Golden State Foods Foundation and United Stationers charitable foundation established a backpack program as a successful model to help children begin the school year with a proper and complete set of school supplies," said Donahue. "This is consistent with our mission and the program helps to engage our employees in meaningful, charitable activities that make a difference in the lives of those in need. The fact is many students begin the school year with inadequate or no supplies and this program meets this need. We also hope students feel encouraged by the support they receive from our company and employees."

Donahue noted that employees from Golden State Foods and United Stationers teamed up to stuff each of the backpacks with school supplies. In all, the group donated 900 backpacks to students, including 400 in Newton County, 170 to J.H. House Elementary School in Rockdale County and 300 backpacks to schools in Gwinnett County.

"Thanks to the generosity of organizations like Golden State Foods, children at South Salem who need school supplies will be able to walk into their new classroom prepared with school supplies and a beautiful new book bag," said Holly Dubois, principal of South Salem Elementary School. "It can change the whole child's demeanor by getting him/her off on the right foot by being prepared. School supplies are expensive, and every family is watching their budget. Donations of school supplies allow us to assist families in making sure their children have what they need to be successful in school."