Assess The Need Collects Nearly $40,000 for Local School Children

August 29, 2011

ASSESS the NEED Collects Nearly $40,000 to

Buy School Supplies for Livingston Parish Children

Program Completes 11th Successful Year

LIVINGSTON, La. – The 2011 Assess the Need school supply drive collected nearly $40,000 in donations and supplies to help provide school supplies for about 2,000 needy children in Livingston Parish.

This year’s school supply drive was the 11th consecutive campaign that Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor has sponsored to help families throughout the parish. Several local businesses and hundreds of volunteers also helped to support the campaign.

“We are so appreciative of the generous support we received from our local businesses, our area media outlets and many individual donors who made this program a success again this year. Our program positively impacts so many children, giving them the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, and giving them encouragement and motivation to do better because they know others care,” Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor said.

Taylor said more than 100 volunteers, including several school teachers and administrators, community group members, and local youth helped collect donations over a period of three weekends. Several business sponsors also gave generously to the program.

“Our program really is a community-wide effort. So many people come together to give, to help collect donations and to distribute the supplies; all with the common goal of making a positive difference in our parish,” Taylor said.

Taylor said coordinators worked with school officials to order the supplies that were needed and to distribute them before the start of classes on Aug. 5.

The basic supplies distributed to the schools included notebooks, paper, scissors, glue, crayons, markers, construction paper, pencils, ink pens, rulers, pocket folders and book bags. Some schools received science and math lab materials, as well.

Taylor said there is no application process for assistance from the Assess the Need campaign. Persons needing help should contact their principals or school counselors.

This year’s Assess the Need business and media sponsors included:

Abundant Life Church, Alvin Fairburn & Associates, BancorpSouth, Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic, Clear Channel Communications, DEMCO, Denham Springs Lion’s Club, Dr. Michael Sceroler, DDS, Entergy of Louisiana, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Forrest Grove Plantation, Gilmore & Son Construction, Good Hope Land & Timber, Hammond Daily Star, Hancock Bank, Holmes Building Materials, James Drug Store, Jason Ard, Lamar Advertising, Lard Oil Co., Layton Ricks, Life Publishing, Live Oak Pharmacy, Livingston Business & Real Estate Journal, Livingston Federation of Teachers & School Employees, Livingston Parish Federal Credit Union, Livingston Parish News, Mary Lee Donuts of Denham Springs, McDonald’s of Baton Rouge, Oak Point Fresh Market, Pelican State Credit Union, Pilot Club of Denham Springs, Plantation Management, Redeeming Life Ministries, Retired Teachers of Livingston Parish, Richard Price Contracting, Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, Sheriff Willie Graves, Smith Building Materials, Smith Tank & Steel, Taylor Media Services, Team Honda, Team Toyota, The Advocate, Unity Prayer Center, Venessa Lewis Graphic Design, Volk’s Constructors, WAFB-TV, Wal Mart Stores – Denham Springs & Walker, Walker Kiwanis Club, and Zuelkes Nursery & Landscape.

For More Information, Contact:

Jeffrey G. Taylor
Livingston Parish Assessor
225-686-7278 or 225-921-1554

Delia A. Taylor, APR
Taylor Media Services