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MC Collects Supplies for Clinton Public School Children

August 11, 2008

Mississippi College faculty, staff and students are donating pencils, notebooks, folders, markers and other classroom supplies to benefit youngsters in the Clinton Public Schools.

The items are being collected through the end of the month at MC's Community Service Center. All types of supplies are needed, said Shari Barnes, director of the center at the B.C. Rogers Student Center.

People should drop off the items during morning hours at the center that's designed to get MC students involved in community service projects.

Clinton Superintendent Phil Burchfield said he welcomes the help from the Christian university.

About 30 percent of Clinton's 4,700 students enrolled this year qualify for free or reduced lunch prices, he said.

"We look forward to any type of partnership with MC and any way we can enhance it," Burchfield said.

Each fall, the nonprofit Junior Auxiliary of Clinton partners with the Clinton Christian Community Corporation to provide about 200 fully loaded backpacks to children in need in grades K-6. The 4Cs screens the children for financial need, while Junior Auxiliary purchases and delivers backpacks stuffed with supplies required by the Clinton district.

Barnes said the spirit of giving will extend throughout the 2008-2009 academic year at MC in Clinton. In September, members of the MC community will donate diapers to the Bethany Christian Services in Jackson. It is an adoption agency in Jackson that provides counseling for birth parents and adoptive families. Sunday School classes at churches around the metro area also help supply the non-profit agency with diapers and other needs.

For details, call Shari Barnes at 601-925-3267 or stop by her office in the B.C. Rogers Student Center.

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