Amelia community hosting paper drive to help schools

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Amelia County community has organized a paper drive to help teachers and students during the school’s budget crisis.

In December, the school system closed for winter break a day early to save money. The Amelia County school system has already used most of its budget for the 2017-18 school year. The district has a hiring freeze in place along with a budget freeze for anything but essentials, which includes paper. The district said when the schools run out, there are no plans to order more.

Organizers want to fill an office building with paper, which they will then give Amelia County’s high school, middle school, and elementary school.

“Without paper, the teachers aren’t able to do their day to day jobs,” said Crystal Holmes, a parent and drive organizer. “I have a kindergartener this year. Brand new in school. She brings home ample amounts of paper in a day.”

Amelia County Public Schools also released a statement thanking the community for their efforts.

Amelia County School Board would like to thank the parents and the community for the their commendable contributions from their copy paper drive for the school system. We are extremely appreciative of their efforts in support of Amelia Public Schools. The commitment of parents and the support of our Amelia Community is always appreciated. We would like to say “Thank you.”

Anyone interested in donating paper can do so from Jan. 13 through Jan. 24. There are several drop-off locations:

  • 16520 Goodes Bridge Road, Amelia, Va. 23002
  • A+ Sunoco
  • Chula Junction
  • Laura Walsh at the County Administration office
  • 7th Gear Auto Body

If you’d prefer to donate money for paper, an account is set up at Citizens Bank and Trust under the name ACPS Paper Drive.

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