LIVINGSTON Assessor Jeff Taylor has announced the kickoff Saturday of a second "Assess the Need" campaign to raise funds for school supplies through donationas and area business sponsors.

In its first year Assess the Need, a non-profit volunteer effort, collected more than $27,000 and provided more than 1,300 children with school supplies. In its second year the campaign has set a goal of providing materials for 1,500 children.

"We were able to meet 100 percent of the need that was presented to us last year," Taylor said, "but our work is not done. The school systern anticipates this year's need to be just as great, if not greater, because of the anticipated increase in enrollment. Our goal is to give our children the tools they need to learn and succeed."

All monetary contributions and donated materials will go toward providing basic school supplies for children in the Livingston Parish School System.

The basic supplies include tbree-subject notebooks, black marble composition notebooks, wide-rule notebook paper, school scissors, white Elmer's glue, crayons, markers, construction paper, pencils, ink pens, rulers, pocket folders, and book bags. Taylor said the cost for supplying an average student with supplies is between $15 and $20.

Assess the Need volunteers will collect donations outside the Wal-Mart stores in Denham Springs and Walker every weekend beginning Saturday until Aug. 4. They will be on location from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Donations can also be dropped off during regular work hours, Mondays through Fridays, at the Assessor's Office in the Livingston Parish Courthouse at 20180 Iowa Street in Livingston. Financial contributions can be deposited at any Hibernia National Bank or a check or money order can be mailed payable to Assess the Need, c/o Hibernia National Bank, 116 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs, Louisiana, 70726; Attention: Cindy Wale.

Taylor said he hopes the program will once again meet 100 percent of the need presented by the schools parishwide. However, if not, supplies will be distributed proportionately, based on need, to each school in the parish, He said volunteers hope to deliver the supplies before the start of school on Aug. 12.

"We will handle the distribution of the supplies as we did last year," Taylor said. "Each school will be responsible for determining which children need assistance. There is no formula or application process. The teachers know best who can benefit from this assistance. We have been told this is the best way to get the supplies in the right hands."

Taylor said all the campaign's business and community sponsors from last year have once again committed to Assess the Need, with the addition of some new sponsors. The 2002 Assess the Need sponsors include: All-Star Ford and Dodge, Betz Business Forms, CocaCola, the Denham Springs Rotary Club, Entergy Corporation, Gilmore & Son Construction, Hancock Bank, Hibernia National Bank, KRVE 96.1 FM, the Livingston Federation of Teachers and School Employees, Livingston Kiwanis Club, Material Resources, Inc., McDonald's, MoDad 1, Inc., Plantation Management Corporation, Taylor Media Services, The Livingston Parish News, V. Watts Furniture, WAFB-TV Channel 9, WFMF 102.5 FM, WYNK 101.5 FM, WalMart and Waste Management.

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