July 3, 2013

Maury Regional and First Farmers join forces with Charter Media to provide school supplies for local children


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and First Farmers and Merchants Bank are proud sponsors of Operation School Supplies, which provides school supplies for children whose families struggle with being able to provide the materials needed during the school year. This grass-roots back-to-school initiative evolved from local programs created by Charter Media and became a national program nine years ago.

“From the very beginning, Maury Regional has been proud to be a supporter of Operation School Supplies. There is a correlation between education and the health of the community that is indisputable. Many of the children in our area struggle with being able to have the tools they need in the classroom and all too often teachers are personally funding and providing these materials. This program gives us—and the entire community—a chance to help these children on the road to a successful education,” said CEO Alan Watson.

First Farmers Maury County President Harvey Church adds, “The children in the local school system are our leaders for the future. As a community bank, First Farmers is committed to helping these future leaders by providing them with the materials they need for a successful education. We truly see this as an investment in our future.”

Members of the community are encouraged to drop off school supplies at locations throughout the community through July 31. MRMC has collection boxes for Maury County Schools located in the lobbies of the main medical center lobby, Medical Office Building, Medical Plaza and Maury Regional Spring Hill. First Farmers collection sites include the downtown location and branches on Nashville Highway, Hatcher Lane and Spring Hill. In addition, collection boxes are located at the MRMC affiliate facilities in Lewis, Marshall and Wayne counties to benefit the school children in those communities.

Items needed include new backpacks, rulers, glue, one-inch ring binders, crayons, pencil pouches, notebook paper, color markers, protractors, spiral notebooks, colored pencils, calculators, compasses, pens, pencils, colored folders, erasers and notebook dividers.

“The need in all parts of the country has become greater over the years,” said Charter Media President Jim Heneghan. “Communities have filled school buses, trucks and trailers with supplies; all donated by caring people who want children to have the tools they need for a meaningful educational experience. Charter Media’s goal is to help provide learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by a lack of those tools. Achievement should never be impeded by need.”