While Frank Anthony has only been the superintendent of the Dollarway School District since August, he has been around public education in Jefferson County long enough to know the good that The Commercial’s Christmas Card Fund does for students in need.
“We are excited about the individuals and businesses who contribute to the fund because it creates a full circle to educate students in the Dollarway School District by taking care of the needs of some of these babies who are not able to buy needed items on their own,” Anthony said. “It goes, in some cases, to help implement the district uniform policy by buying clothing items like shoes, pants, shirts, socks and belts. If a student has need for prescription glasses, we can get those for them as well as dental work that they may need.
“It’s been an ongoing effort year after year,” Anthony said. “I know that it serves the other districts in the area in addition to Dollarway. When I was superintendent of the Pine Bluff School District, I know that the Christmas Card Fund helped out a great deal there.
“My hat is off to those people who make these contributions because they go to serve a great need,” Anthony said. “We try to make sure that we distribute the money in the best way possible to kids in need.”
As of Thursday afternoon, the Christmas Card Fund has raised $1,358.
For 25 years, the newspaper has sponsored the fundraiser to benefit needy children in Watson Chapel, Pine Bluff, Dollarway and White Hall schools.
The newspaper collects the funds, which are divided among the four area school districts. All the proceeds are given to the schools and no money is kept for administrative costs at The Commercial.
In 2011, the fund raised $8,448.35. People contributing at least $1 by Dec. 19 will have their names printed on a Christmas Card that will be published in the newspaper before Christmas Day.
Donors may send contributions to The Commercial’s Christmas Card Fund, c/o Pine Bluff Commercial, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. Donations may also be brought to the office at 300 Beech St., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For those submitting a long list with names from classrooms or other organizations, The Commercial asks that the list be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org on the same day the money is turned into the newspaper.