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Local student collects school supplies for students in need

Upcoming Covington Academy fifth-grader Kaitlyn Cole is collecting school supplies for at-risk students through the Help a Child Thrive, School Supply Drive event, held by her own organization Kaitlyn Cares. Cole has used her organization for other charitable causes in the past. (Special photo)

Upcoming Covington Academy fifth-grader Kaitlyn Cole is collecting school supplies for at-risk students through the Help a Child Thrive, School Supply Drive event, held by her own organization Kaitlyn Cares. Cole has used her organization for other charitable causes in the past. (Special photo)

COVINGTON — In preparation for the school year beginning on Aug. 1, a local elementary student is not only getting herself ready, but her fellow classmates as well.

Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Cole is an upcoming fifth-grader at Covington Academy and is holding the Help a Child Thrive, School Supply Drive — an event to obtain school supply donations. She plans to collect these supplies in an effort to help less fortunate students.

“With the help of my family and friends, I hope to collect 1,000 school supplies to distribute within our community to at-risk youth so that they can strive to be their best by starting school with the tools to succeed,” said Cole on her Facebook page for the drive.

With the deadline for donations on July 31, Cole is on the hunt for a plethora of school supplies, including notebook paper, pens, calculators, glue, colored pencils, index cards and scissors. An entire list of needed supplies can be found on the Help a Child Thrive, School Supply Drive’s Facebook page. She hopes to be able to create bags for individual students, with additional donated items to be used by the schools at their discretion.

The event is being hosted by Cole’s organization, Kaitlyn Cares. Cole began the organization at age 7 to help promote community involvement and assist others around her in need. In the past, Cole has raised money for both students and teachers who have cancer, delivered cookies to local fire and police departments as well as collected toiletries for the homeless.

Those who wish to make school supply donations can mail them to Kaitlyn Cares P.O. Box 601, Covington, GA 30015. For more information, contact Cole’s mother at kaitlyncares@hotmail.com.