School System to oversee Toys for Children Program
by Elsie Hodnett
PELL CITY — The Pell City School System will oversee the Toys for Children Program this year.

“We will still support the Pell City Toys for Children Program with volunteers, but administration of the program will go through the Pell City School System,” said Charlotte Arnold, president of the Pell City Civitan Club, which oversaw the Toys for Children Program for the past several years.

Arnold and Civitan Club past president Matt Mitcham presented Assistant Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber with a check for the remainder of the funds left over from last year.

“We haven’t held the major fundraisers yet this year,” she said.

Mitcham said the Civitan Club has committed a minimum of $1,000 to the Toys for Children Program this year.

“We will still volunteer and be involved with the program,” he said.

Barber said the School System will work with the Civitans and others who have overseen the program in the past.

“We look forward to their continued support and assistance in making sure the program is successful,” he said.

Barber said the School System plans to incorporate the service-oriented clubs and organizations throughout the School System with the Toys for Children Program.

“I hope it will turn out to be kids helping kids,” he said. “My desire is for kids to learn the value of helping others, providing for others and serving others. This program gives us a venue for the students to experience helping and serving others. I believe it will be a good fit for what many of our clubs and organizations do.”

Barber said further details regarding applications, fundraisers and more will be announced at a later date.

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