"Tools for Schools" helps out Jones County students

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - WDAM-TV employees and the ladies of the Laurel Junior Auxiliary were busy collecting school supply donations Tuesday at Kim's No Bull in the City Beautiful.

It's all part of WDAM's "Tools for Schools" drive. The effort is a partnership with the Junior Auxiliary brought out Jones County residents who were eager to lend the children of the area a helping hand.

This project is designed to help students in Laurel who's families need some extra help in purchasing all the supplies kids need for the first day of school. Laurel School District spokeswoman, Lacey Walters, said sometimes teachers use their own funds to help out the children in their classrooms with supplies.

"Often time there are students who, their parents are having some difficulties and can't provide those things and there are some teachers who do go out and purchase the things their students need and again this is a way for the community to fill in those gaps and help out those who truly need it especially with the economy, it's hurting everyone so this a wonderful way to kind of help and offset that," said Walters.

Next week on July 30 in Hattiesburg, WDAM will host another "Tools for Schools" drive to help out students in Forrest and Lamar counties. Supplies can be dropped off between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Strickland's Furniture off highway 49 in the Hub City.

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