New year, new supplies for elementary schools

Published 10:21 pm Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jemison and Thorsby elementary students will have new school supplies, thanks to a donation from community members and Regions Bank.

Regions Bank in Jemison hosted a “Tools for Schools” supply drive in partnership with the two schools.

Regions employees and local residents collected supplies and cash donations.

“We know that times are tight for parents, teachers and our public schools,” said Sonya Robinson, branch manager. “The supply drive was an easy way for our customers and associates to show support for local students and our hard-working educators.

School administrators were appreciative of the supplies.

“The Tools for Schools supply drive helped to provide much needed items for many children whose families can’t afford to purchase them,” said Louise Pitts, principal of Jemison Elementary School. “Every donation large or small will make a difference, and we appreciate Regions providing a convenient way for the public to support out students and teachers.”

Thorsby Assistant Principal Roger Sheffield said his school’s enrollment continues to rise, making it harder to keep supplies.

“We are very grateful for this donation,” said Sheffield. “This will come in handy.”

The donations were presented to Regions during a presentation Thursday at the bank in Jemison.