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City of Ridgeland committee delivers donations to Ann Smith Elementary art classroom

City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee members delivered donations to the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland. Art teacher Ms. Green accepted the donations including money from committee members, a check from BankPlus, and art supplies from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ridgeland, a member of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, back row left to right, are Ann Smith Elementary principal Dr. Melissa Philley, Community Awareness Committee member Shelia Jackson, Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Rhonda Green, Community Awareness Committee member Lazaire Martin, Community Awareness Committee chairman Drew Malone, Ann Smith PTO vice president Evelyn Williams, and Ann Smith PTO president Trenyse Small. Front row, left to right are Ann Smith Elementary students from Ms. Caver’s first grade class, Noah Bryant, Kasydie Byars, and Jacobie Dobbins.

City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee members delivered donations to the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland. Art teacher Ms. Green accepted the donations including money from committee members, a check from BankPlus, and art supplies from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ridgeland, a member of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, back row left to right, are Ann Smith Elementary principal Dr. Melissa Philley, Community Awareness Committee member Shelia Jackson, Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Rhonda Green, Community Awareness Committee member Lazaire Martin, Community Awareness Committee chairman Drew Malone, Ann Smith PTO vice president Evelyn Williams, and Ann Smith PTO president Trenyse Small. Front row, left to right are Ann Smith Elementary students from Ms. Caver’s first grade class, Noah Bryant, Kasydie Byars, and Jacobie Dobbins.

When Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Ms. Green reached out to the community through the Ann Smith Elementary Parent Teacher Organization for assistance with art supplies, the City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee responded to the call. The committee learned about the art classroom’s needs from committee education representative Lazaire Martin. Under the leadership of chairman Drew Malone, the committee decided to pursue donations for the art classroom as a project.

“We are very proud of the work our teachers do educating our students,” said Malone. “Anytime we can offer assistance to our schools we are happy to do so. Art is so important in the development of the creativity of our students and the CAC is honored to be able to assist in this endeavor.”

Committee members donated personally and also sought donations from local businesses. Committee chamber representative Diane Jackson reached out to the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, who in turn obtained donated supplies from chamber member Wal-Mart Ridgeland. Committee member Shelia Jackson, assistant vice president with BankPlus, was able to secure a $100 check donation from BankPlus. Through the committee’s efforts, the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary received money and supplies valued at approximately $650.

ase-cac-and-bank-plus-donationMembers of the City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee include Carla Palmer Allen, Shirley Gill, Vicki Heath, Scott Higginbotham, Lee Hutchings, Diane Jackson, Shelia Jackson, Drew Malone, Lazaire Martin, and Mike Smith.

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