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News

July 30, 2018

(L-R) Joni Smith, GSF; NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey;
Karen Fenichel, GSF; and Janice Jones, GSF.

Golden State Foods Foundation (GSF) has donated backpacks full of school supplies for Newton County School System (NCSS) students. In all, 300 backpacks stuffed with school supplies will make it into the hands of NCSS students who need them.  

According to Ms. Janice Jones, Staff Accountant and Foundation Chair for Golden State Foods, each book bag contains a pack of paper, spiral notebook, pencil case, pencils, markers, crayons, ruler, box of tissues, erasers, glue sticks, and scissors. Regulatory Affairs Manager, Karen Fenichel; Staff Accountant, Janice Jones; and Executive Administrative Assistant, Joni Smith; all committee members of the GSF Foundation in Conyers delivered and presented the book bags to Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System, on Friday, July 27, 2018.

“We appreciate Golden State Foods’ continued support of our students,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “For many years now, Golden State Foods has donated backpacks with school supplies to distribute to our students in need. This is a wonderful program and I can assure you, these backpacks will mean a great deal to the students who receive them.”

According to Fuhrey, each of the school district’s elementary and middle schools will receive backpacks to distribute as needed.

“In 2007, Golden State Foods established a national backpack program as a successful model to help children begin the school year with the proper tools for a successful school year.” said Jones. “This is consistent with our mission to provide to those in need in the areas Golden State Foods associates live and work.  This program helps to meet the needs of students that may not otherwise be able to start the school year with adequate supplies. We hope that by receiving these backpacks and school supplies the students will feel encouraged and supported to have a successful school year.”

In all, the group donated 300 backpacks to Newton County Schools; 235 to Boys & Girls Club Barksdale Center in Conyers; and 250 to Rockdale County Schools.

According to Jones, the backpacks and school supplies are paid for by Golden State Foods’ associates, with funding coming through payroll deductions and multiple fundraisers. All of the money collected is put back into the local community.

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis, director of public relations for Newton County School System, at davis.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

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