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Tools for schools: Community members give back to the community

K. William Boyer
Washington County News

CHIPLEY - Several in the community have been doing what they could to assist in helping with back to school drives, but Glenn Mayo and a group of his friends taking it to the next level

Mayo, a Chipley native who is Head Men's Basketball Coach at USC Salkehatchie, said last year they came up with a way they could help students return to school by holding a back to school event and gearing it for the generation.  Mayo and his friends John Derae Laster, Cameron Dozer, and Fred Davis entitled it, "Tools for Schools" and made the event so it would not only help students of schools in Washinton County, but also in Holmes and Jackson counties as well. Mayo calls the entire program a small youth mentoring organization

"We named it Tools for Schools because you need to have the tools to go back to schools you know," Mayo said. "My friends and I started this event because we wanted to do something to help give back to community we love." 

Tools for Schools mentoring program stands with Mayor  Andrews of Chipley during the back to school event.

Mayo said this year marked the second year of the event, which they titled "Tools for Schools 2." He said this year they have given away over $1,000 worth of supplies to families in addition to $300 worth of haircuts and food for over 125 people. At this end of the event, which was held last Saturday, all excess materials were donated to Jackson County to be used for their school material giveaway drive. This year marked  also marked the first time a scholarship was awarded by the program, which was given to a student at Vernon High School. 

Building on the program, Mayo said they will be planning a Summer camp this year as well as a big event in December.