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Groups donate desks to two local schools

Two schools have received free desks from new educators and businesses that have partnered with the Colleton County School District.
Northside Elementary School will receive 100 new student desks, and Forest Hills Elementary School will receive 100 free new school desks. The desks were donated by Hope and Wade King, two educators who make donations to public schools. The desks were also donated by the Bakari Sellers Opportunity Project, a second family that operates the “Bakari Sellers Opportunity Project Charity.”
This family also works to donate desks to students in rural schools in the greater Lowcountry area.
The Sellers Family and the King Family presented the desks to a representative from the Colleton County School District on August 22nd in Columbia. Colleton County Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jessica Williams represented the local district and accepted the desks.
“I am humbled to be able to give back to the schools that made me who I am today,” Sellers said, in a written statement. “It’s time we truly invest in education across South Carolina and provide more than a ‘minimally adequate’ education to our young people. More specifically, the students and educators in the rural parts of our state are suffering more than most. They are plagued with crumbling facilities and are bleeding qualified and willing teachers. Our children deserve better,” he said.
Already this year, the two families – Sellers and King – have worked together to donate 1,300 to schools in six area rural districts: Allendale, Bamberg, Colleton, Hampton 1, Hampton 2 and Jasper. Two-hundred of those came to Colleton County.
“We are thrilled to be able to facilitate these donations of 1,300 desks to schools and students in South Carolina,” said Hope King, in a press release. “We hope this will be the first of many projects that allow us to give back to our home state.”

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