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Community collects school supplies for needy students
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
July 10, 2013 02:20 PM | 1730 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Sheila Oliver, event manager for Stars and Strikes; Chris Butler, summer lunch coordinator for MUST Ministries; Nina Lauter, coordinator for Paulding Family Connection Children’s Cabinet; and Brittney Franklin, local outreach ministry assistant for Westridge Church, fill backpacks for the Paulding Community Back to School Celebration.
From left, Sheila Oliver, event manager for Stars and Strikes; Chris Butler, summer lunch coordinator for MUST Ministries; Nina Lauter, coordinator for Paulding Family Connection Children’s Cabinet; and Brittney Franklin, local outreach ministry assistant for Westridge Church, fill backpacks for the Paulding Community Back to School Celebration.
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Religious, social, private and charitable organizations in the community are coming together to help provide backpacks and school supplies for Paulding’s children in need.

Paulding Family Connection Children’s Cabinet is hosting the inaugural Paulding Community Back to School Celebration. The children’s cabinet is a collaborative agency which brings together groups in the county to help those in need, said Nina Lauter, coordinator for Paulding Family Connection Children’s Cabinet.

“The children’s cabinet is a community resource,” she said.

By bringing together multiple organizations it gives groups with few members a chance to participate in a community-wide event, said Chris Butler, summer lunch coordinator with MUST Ministries.

The event is scheduled for July 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Stars and Strikes parking lot at 2400 Hiram-Acworth Hwy. in Dallas.

All the groups involved will set up tables with refreshments, games and information about themselves, in a manner similar to a fall festival, she said.

The group has been inviting children from around the county that need these items, which have been identified through organizations they work with.

“Identified children will be invited to register for the event,” Butler said.

Each child will have to sign up online at pccbd2013.eventbrite.com to receive a backpack. Those who just come the day of the event will be put on a waiting list and will receive a backpack — if supplies last — at a later date.

They are hoping to serve about 800 children.

Items not given at the event will be used by the cabinet throughout the year for students in need and for teachers who need supplies.

Lauter said, “Nothing will go to waste.”

Those wishing to donate backpacks and supplies can bring their items to P.B. Ritch Middle School Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from now until July 18.

If those times do not work, times can be scheduled with Lauter at nlauter@paulding.k12.ga.us, Butler at chris@placeofhope.org or with Annissa Katzman at annissak@bellsouth.net.

For more information on how to register to receive a backpack, to find out what items are needed or to participate as an organization contact Lauter, Butler or Katzman. All organizations wishing to participate must sign up by Tuesday.
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