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June 24, 2014

Donations needed for Back to School Blitz

THOMASVILLE — It wasn’t long ago that summer vacation started for Thomas County and Thomasville City students, but it’s time again to begin planning for the “Back to School Blitz.”

Thomas County Family Connection is asking for the community’s help in making this year’s “Blitz” the best one ever. The annual event began eight years ago.

“Our goal is to provide students and parents with necessary tools for a successful school year,” said Kathy Megahee, director of Thomas County Family Connection.

The community-wide event offers free, basic school supplies, free health screenings, valuable informational displays and much more.

More than 2,300 bags are prepared to meet the needs of the students.

Megahee said, “Every child is important. As adults, we should want the best for our children. There are over 35 vendors for students and parents to help with for the upcoming school year.”

According to Megahee, the basic supplies for students include notebook paper, three-pronged folders, erasers, pens and pencils.

“However, the main thing we need for the students is notebook paper,” she said.

Thomas County Schools and Thomasville City Schools take turns in hosting the event.

“Last year’s event was a success with the county’s first time hosting,” said Megahee.

This year, Thomasville City Schools will be hosting the event in the MacIntyre Park Middle School Gym on Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

“We’ve taken a tour of the gym at MPMS and it’s going to work out great for this year. We want to make sure the county schools know they are invited, too,” said Megahee.

For those wanting to donate items, the Thomas County Library is a drop-off point. Financial donations can be sent to Thomas County Family Connection at 460 Smith Ave., Thomasville, Ga., or call Megahee at (229) 227-3125.

Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.

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