Nonprofit giving away school supplies to students

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

More than 250 book bags filled with school supplies will be given away Saturday at the Masonic Home for Children gymnasium, 600 College St., Oxford.

The event will start at 11 a.m. and last until items are gone.

The back-to-school rally is open to all children — who must be present — from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Angela Allen, co-founder and marketing director for the Remnant Community Development Corporation — a nonprofit designed to uplift and motivate local youth — said this will be the sixth year for the event.

“The more we do it, the more people want to be involved,” she said. “And that’s a good thing.”

She said the group received sponsorships from Granville County businesses for book bags and supplies — such as pencils, notebooks, crayons and pens — to go in them.

The organization also received $2,000 grant this year from the Granville County Community Foundation.

Allen said she and her husband, Jeffrey Allen, started the nonprofit in 2009 with 100 book bags to distribute in the community.

The organization has since expanded to include tutoring, SAT prep courses and scholarships to students in and around Granville.

She said the program is sustained with Jeffrey Allen’s love for teaching. He had been an educator for 15 years in public and private school systems before the corporation’s launch.

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Back to school

Other back-to-school events include:

• Mount Zion Christian Church, Abound International and Reaching the Hearts of Women’s back-to-school giveaway Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at 944 Burr St., Henderson.

• Northside Biz Center’s two back-to-school giveaway raffles at the Food Lion near Norlina Road, at 1658 N. Garnett St., on Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.

• Registration for after-school camp at the YMCA. Camp begins Aug. 18.