TGAP donates school supplies to school affected by hurricane

A school in South Carolina was the recent recipient of some good will from Tesnatee Gap Elementary School.

TGAP principal Dr. Octavius Mulligan said he participates in a Professional Learning Network on Twitter. There, he saw a tweet from teachers asking for help, and he  “felt the nudge to help.” From this, the Jr. Beta Club at TGAP began a project to collect school supplies for Britton’s Neck Elementary in Gresham, S.C. The school has been closed since Sept. 11 due to flooding from Hurricane Florence.

“At TGAP every morning during announcements we state our school motto, which is SOAR (Supporting Others & Acting Responsibly) and for our students to want to help others in a time of need exemplifies the Supporting Others in our motto,” Mulligan said. “I am so proud to live in a community and work in a school system where students care about other’s needs that’s why #WeAreTGAP.”

TGAP families and staff donated the supplies, said Jessica Ozbolt, the Jr. Beta Club sponsor, one of the Jr. Beta Club sponsors. Items donated included markers, pencils, notebook paper, composition notebooks, book bags, crayons, colored pencils, notebooks and more, Ozbolt said.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, some members of the Jr. Beta Club packed up the school supplies and took them to the Shipping Depot in Cleveland to be shipped. Overall, they collected 128 pounds and approximately $500 worth of school supplies, Ozbolt said.

“I believe there is power in helping others and serving others,” said White County School System superintendent Laurie Burkett. “What a great opportunity for our students to be able to experience, the opportunity to serve others!

Britton’s Neck Elementary students returned to classes at temporary classrooms in Marion Wednesday, Oct. 3, according to a post on the Marion County School District Facebook page.

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