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Pictured (l-r): Lee Peck, NCSS Director of Elementary Schools; Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Schools; Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS Superintendent; Dr. Craig Lockhart, NCSS Deputy Superintendent; Vicky Menard, Fluor Corporation; and Tara Sestok, Fluor Corporation.


Employees from Fluor Corporation were on hand Wednesday, July 30, at the Newton County Board of Education to donate 50 backpacks filled with much needed school supplies for students of Newton County Schools. Each backpack contained a spiral notebook, two composition notebooks, four assorted folders, one box of tissues, one box of Ziploc bags, one ruler, two boxes of crayons, one box of colored pencils, two  boxes of #2 pencils, one bottle of glue, four glue sticks, three pink erasers, one pair of scissors, one sanitizer, two highlighters, and one sharpie.

According to NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey, the book bags will be delivered to schools and distributed to students in need.

“We are grateful for this very generous donation,” said Fuhrey. “The donation of backpacks helps us ensure that our students start school ready to learn.  We appreciate the partnership with Fluor Corporation and thank them for their support of our students and families. What a fantastic way to start the new school year!”

Fluor is one of the world’s largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) maintenance, and project management companies. Fluor works with governments and clients in diverse industries around the world to design, construct, and maintain complex and challenging capital projects. The company is currently working on a large construction project in Social Circle and according to Tara Sestok of Fluor Corporation, employees wanted to support students in the local school systems.

“Fluor encourages its corporate offices and project sites to give back to the community," said Sestok. "The global Building Futures / Backpack Project is one way employees can contribute and make a positive impact locally.  Education is important to Fluor, and equipping school children with the basic supplies to begin the school year is a step in the right direction. The team assembled at this jobsite is one of the most thoughtful and generous groups of people I’ve worked with – It’s apparent how much everyone cares for our Newton County home.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County Schools, at