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Mayors' campaign to assist Barrow schools

BRASELTON - Barrow officials are launching a campaign designed to keep teachers from dipping into their own pockets for classroom supplies.

Mayors of cities around Barrow County have recognized school system needs and plan to supplement teachers with certain supplies by way of community donations, said Jennifer Dees, Braselton Town Manager and Clerk.

Dees said Superintendent Ron Saunders pinpointed copy paper and dry erase markers as the priority supplies that are most necessary. Also needed are pens, pencils, notebook paper and gift cards for stores that specialize in school supplies.

As part of the cooperative effort with the Barrow County School System, the cities of Auburn, Braselton, Statham and Winder will have collection points at their city halls, where donations can be dropped off. Each municipality will also be collecting at special events in their cities, Dees said.

The supplies will then be delivered by the cities to a central location. From there, the school system will distribute supplies to individual schools and teachers, Dees said.

The initiative is designed "to ensure that every child has the tools they need to get the best education possible," Dees said.