Assess The Need Marks 11th Year

July 15, 2011

Contact:  Krysta Watts 225-686-7278
or Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, 225-921-1554

Parish-wide School Supply Drive Marks 11th Year

Livingston Assessor Says Program Helps Hundreds of Local Families

LIVINGSTON, La – Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor along with several business sponsors and community volunteers, will once again help hundreds of needy children in the Livingston Parish Public School system with their school supplies for the 2011-2012 school year.

This year’s school supply drives marks the eleventh year that Taylor has sponsored the ASSESS the NEED Program, which has collected more than $400,000 worth of supplies for Livingston Parish students to date.  He anticipates needing nearly $40,000 in supplies to meet this year’s need.

“This program has helped so many children in our parish. We have received feedback from teachers and school counselors tell us that the donations we give to the schools have such a positive influence on the attitudes and behaviors of the students who need the supplies,”  Taylor said.

“Clearly, the supplies give these students the tools they need to do their work and be successful in the classroom.  But more than that, these supplies help to send a strong message to these children that they matter and that our communities believe in them.  That is the most powerful aspect of this program,” he said.

Taylor said he anticipates the ASSESS the NEED campaign helping about 2,300 needy children this year.

To meet that need, Taylor said several local businesses have given monetary donations to the program.  Also, nearly 100 volunteers from across the parish will participate in the collecting donations for the ASSESS the NEED from individual contributors who visit the Wal-Mart stores in Denham Springs and Walker each Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 23 to August 7.  Donations of cash and supplies will be accepted, he said.