Agency seeks book bags for area foster children

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services is asking the community to provide the county's foster children and those in protective services with their own new book bags before school starts Aug. 8.

DFCS asks that these book bags be new, attractive, sturdy and generously filled to accommodate primarily students from grades three through 12. Supply suggestions include three-ring binders, theme covers, spiral notebooks, filler paper, pens, pencils, small calculators and office supplies.

Book bags for younger children who enjoy popular theme bags are also needed. Crayons, wide-ruled paper, glue sticks, pencils, markers and insulated lunch bags are some items first- and second-graders would like.

A listing of supplies required by Gwinnett County Schools can be obtained by calling Deborah Barinowski, volunteer resource coordinator, at 678-518-5758.

Those wishing to participate are asked to deliver their donations between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to the Georgia National Guard Armory, 261 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Those who cannot deliver during these times should call Barinowski to schedule a later drop-off date.

DFACS, whose address is One Justice Square, 446 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, also is accepting monetary donations.