Southwood gives as good as it gets with Christmas Card

Southwood Elementary School in the Pine Bluff School District continues to be a source of financial support for The Commercial’s Christmas Card Fund as well as a beneficiary of it.

Southwood Principal Alfred Carroll is proud of his students and staff for their support of the program.

“We had an assembly last week where we reminded the kids that Southwood was the top fundraising school last year,” Carroll said. “Last year we raised over $400 between the teachers and the students. Our goal this year is to raise even more than we did last year.”

“We wholeheartedly support that effort knowing that we have students who are able to benefit from it,” Carroll said. “The fund is an important source of support.”

Carroll said that the Christmas Card Fund provides money for the purchase of uniforms for students as well as prescription eyeglasses.

“We regularly test student’s eyes within the school district and the school nurse gives the parents information to take to the doctor of their choice,” Carroll said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Christmas Card Fund has raised $2,218.

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 on the same day the money is turned into the newspaper.