19th Annual School Supply Drives Collects $50,000

19th Annual School Supply Drives Collects $50,000 to Help 3,000 Students in Livingston Parish
Posted on 08/23/2019
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19th Annual School Supply Drives Collects $50,000
to Help 3,000 Students in Livingston Parish


Mr. Taylor
                                         Jeff Taylor, Livingston Parish Assessor

LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor announced that this year’s ASSESS THE NEED school supply drive in Livingston Parish raised $50,000, enabling volunteers to purchase supplies for more than 3,000 children, ages pre-K to high school across the parish.

Taylor said the supplies were organized and distributed prior to the start of class on Aug. 9, allowing teachers, counselors and administrators to pass out the supplies to those students in need of help during the first week of classes.

“We want every child in Livingston Parish to have a great start on the new school year; that’s why we work with the school system to get the supplies in hand as quickly as possible,” Taylor said.

Taylor noted that this year’s effort marks the 19th consecutive year that he, local volunteers and area businesses have sponsored the not-for-profit ASSESS THE NEED school supply program. Over those 19 years, the program has collected nearly $1 million in donations, which includes special drives following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the great flood in 2016.

“We are blessed in Livingston Parish to have such generous people who respond to our requests each year,” Taylor said, “By everyone coming together each year for this cause, we are giving out students the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.”

Taylor said monies collected by the program came from individual donors, business sponsors and persons participating in the annual Chef’s Showcase fundraiser. Taylor said this year’s Chef’s Showcase will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Suma Hall Community Center in Satsuma. Tickets will be made available next month.

The event features a variety of “best menu items” from several restaurants in Livingston Parish – providing participants with a smorgasbord of tasty food options – as well as a silent and live auction.

In addition to raising money for school supplies, last year’s event also raised money to pay for expenses related to operation of the school district’s STEAM Express, a mobile classroom that is equipped with learning games and activities for all ages.

“Our Chef’s Showcase has really become one of the more popular annual events in the parish, and all the proceeds go to a great cause – our children,” Taylor said.

Taylor said donations for Assess the Need are still be accepted if people would like to give. More information is available at www.AssesstheNeed.com.

Assess the Need program is a registered charitable organization, and all donations are eligible for tax deductions.

The business and media sponsors for this year’s school supply drive include Abundant Life Church, Baton Rouge Telco, Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, Delta Kappa Gamma, DEMCO, Dr. Alan Day, DDS, Eight Ball Graphics, Entergy Louisiana, Freedom Prosthetics, Good Hope Timber, Holmes Building Materials, Hood Veterinary Hospital, iHeart Media, Inspired Media, James Drug Store, Lamar Advertising, Lard Oil Company, Lewis Graphic Design, Literacy & Technology Center, Livingston Federation of Teachers & School Employees, Livingston Parish News, Livingston Parish Republican Women, Mary Lee Donuts of Denham Springs, Oak Point Fresh Market, Plantation Management, Raising Cane’s, Sam’s Club, Taylor Media Services, Team Honda, Team Toyota, The

Advocate, Unity Prayer Center, Volks Construction, and Walmart Stores in Denham Springs, Walker and Watson.
Assess the need
The cheerleading squad from Southside Junior High recently collected donations for the
ASSESS THE NEED school supply drive in Livingston Parish.

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