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Organizers still accepting donations for Newton's Back to School Celebration

COVINGTON — Organizers of the Back to School Celebration set for Sunday at Turner Lake Recreation Complex say they are still in need of donations for the event which will take place from 3-5 p.m. It is being sponsored by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, the Washington Street Community Center, Alpha Kappa Sorority (Chi Tau Omega Chapter), along with other community partners.

“We’re still accepting donations, but right now the best thing to give is a monetary donation. We’ll be buying supplies right up to the minute. If there’s anybody who’d like to donate, we’ll be happy to accept it,” said NCSO Cpl. Wade Freeman of the Deputies Who Care initiative.

Freeman said those interested can bring donations to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center at 15151 Alcovy Road; the Westside Precinct at 3665 Salem Road; or if they would contact him by calling 678-625-1445, he’d be happy to come pick it up.

The goal for the event is to have basic school supplies for 2,000 students which will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Supplies will be sorted according to grade lists of recommended items from the Newton County School System. Those supplies will be made available to Newton County residents only in grades pre-K through 12th.