(Judge Metts, Jim Clark, and Constable Hayden 2013 School Supply Drive)
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts and Constable Rowdy Hayden’s 6th annual School Supply Drive is underway! As always, donations benefit elementary school students in East Montgomery County whose families are struggling to provide the basic supplies required by schools, from pencils and paper to backpacks. Donations of those supplies, or monetary donations, will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at the JP4 Office, located at 22354 Justice Dr. in New Caney (behind the East Montgomery County Annex). Please make checks out to James Metts. Donations of any amount are welcomed.
In previous years, East County residents have shown their generosity and helped dozens of students at the elementary schools in Precinct 4, which includes Splendora and New Caney Independent School Districts, along with a portion of Conroe I.S.D.
Judge Metts said he is always touched to see how the community comes together to help those in need, in whatever way they are able.
“We have a variety of income levels in Precinct 4, and when we have these drives, we see not only those who have a larger income, but also those who have very little and are still willing to share to help these children,” Judge Metts said. “It’s not unusual to see our seniors whose only income is Social Security bring in a few items or a check for five dollars. That may not sound like much to some people, but it is for those on a fixed income.”
“That’s part of what makes this drive so special for the Constable and me every year,” he said. “It’s the community coming together to help families they don’t even know so the children can be excited about starting school and not worried about being embarrassed at not having what they need.”
Constable Hayden agreed.
“Being out in the community so much, we see just how little a lot of children have in East County,” Constable Hayden said. “Buying school supplies can put a serious financial burden on families, especially when they have more than one child.”
“Judge Metts and I are glad we’re able to help, and we’re thankful for everyone else who helps as well,” he said.
For more information, call 281-577-8970.
(Constable Hayden and Richard Gammon 2013)