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Newton County School System students and staff have once again stepped to the plate to help the local community by collecting food for those less fortunate. During the district’s annual Can-A-Thon, over 16,000 cans of food were collected and will be distributed to the Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.

Several schools collected over 1,000 cans of food this year, and two schools collected 2,000 plus cans! Schools collecting over 1,000 cans include the following:

East Newton Elementary                              1,000 Cans

Fairview Elementary                                     1,600 Cans

Mansfield Elementary                                   2,000 Cans

Oak Hill Elementary                                      2,800 Cans

Clements Middle                                           1,185 Cans

Liberty Middle                                               1,800 Cans

Newton High                                                  1,000 Cans

“We are proud of the students and employees who participated in the Can-A-Thon,” said Newton County School Superintendent, Gary Mathews. “Our school district has always been very supportive of community needs. Even during these tough economic times, our students and employees have once again risen to the occasion and shown their generosity and community spirit by providing food items for the Salvation Army and the Food Pantry. To collect over 16,000 cans of food is a tremendous accomplishment.”