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Publix and United Way donate many
school supplies for needy Marion students

Randy Burt, Publix Regional Manager, with Marion County's Ed Ellis and Marie Berlanga, along with other area organizations that received supplies as part of the "Stuff the Bus" program.

Mr. Lee, Assistant Publix Manager, (center) with
Marie Berlanga and Ed Ellis in front of supplies
that were donated to Marion County.

From the Oct. 25, 2017 issue of The Journal
   L.K. Moss Elementary School recently received a "bus load" of school supplies thanks to the "Stuff the Bus" campaign sponsored by Publix and United Way. This is the second year in a row that the school has received more than $5,000 worth of school supplies for needy children.
   United Way (Scott Ferguson, CEO) partnered with Publix (Randy Burt Regional Manager) for the special Stuff the Bus campaign a few years ago. Local volunteer Marie Berlanga discovered the opportunity through her work with the Marion County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office, which was being supported by the United Way. She asked about Marion County being included and thankfully they said "yes".
   Dr. Leigh Medders, principal, said the school system is very grateful.
   "L.K. Moss Elementary School would like to extend a heart-felt thanks to everyone involved with the partnership between the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and Publix," said Medders. "On October 3rd, L.K. Moss Elementary School received a generous donation of school supplies including glue, paper, scissors, folders, pens, and so much more. We would like to specifically thank Mr. Randy Burt, Regional Manager of Publix Supermarket on Woodruff Farm Road, and Mr. Scott Ferguson, CEO of the United Way. We would also like to thank our Marion County community for donating many supplies, as well. Many churches and community members have assisted with providing necessary items to help our students be successful in school. The kind acts of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Publix, and our own Marion County community members will help to ensure that our students in need have the materials needed to learn and grow."
   The Marion County Commission also expressed its appreciation in letters to United Way and Publix.
   The letters stated, in part, "We want to thank you for your dedication and support with this campaign, your assistance in acquiring and then donating these desperately needed school supplies to our community has afforded us the opportunity to help the many local needy families that cannot afford to provide everything their children may need for a productive academic year."