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Officials Host School Supply Drive

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This year’s first donation was made by Joe and Rachel Aldridge of Lone Star A/C. Pictured are (l to r) Judge James Metts, Joe Aldridge, and Constable Rowdy Hayden.

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts and Constable Rowdy Hayden’s 6th annual School Supply Drive is underway! Donations benefit elementary school students in East Montgomery County whose families are struggling to provide the required supplies.

To kick off the drive, Judge Metts and Constable Hayden will be on hand Tuesday, August 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Precinct 4 Courthouse Annex. Staff members will serve cotton candy, snow cones, and popcorn to those who contribute. Everyone is invited, and photos will be taken of donors (who are not camera shy) with the Judge and Constable and posted on their Facebook pages. Monetary donations will also be accepted in the form of cash or checks made out to James Metts. All donors will be recognized at the conclusion of the drive.

Judge Metts hopes East County residents will be as generous as in previous years, which has taken a heavy burden off so many families and enabled children to make pleasant memories of starting school with new backpacks and all the other items they needed.

“The start of school should be fun and exciting for children and their parents,” Judge Metts said. “No child should have to worry about feeling embarrassed because their family was unable to provide what they needed for school. Unfortunately, in our current economy, many families are struggling to simply keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, so additional expenses can present a tremendous challenge.”

“I’m always touched by the outpouring of support and generosity from the community,” he said. “Every year, we have elderly people, people on fixed incomes and others who are struggling to make ends meet who still donate to the drive,” Metts said. “Every little bit helps, even if it’s only a few dollars.”

Constable Hayden echoed the judge’s comments.

“There are so many people in difficult financial situations right now, and many of them have always worked hard and never thought they’d be in that position,” Constable Hayden said. “I believe we should all do whatever we can to help those families and always remember it can happen to anyone.”

“Our children are our community’s greatest natural resource and we need to give them every possible advantage to succeed in school and in life,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Donations in any amount are welcome and can be dropped off at the Precinct 4 Courthouse (Judge Metts’ office) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will be accepted from now through early September, when the supplies will be delivered to the elementary schools in Precinct 4, which includes Splendora and New Caney Independent School Districts, along with a portion of Conroe I.S.D.

For more information, call 281-577-8970

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