The principials of Bradley County Schools got a little more than the usual training and information during their meeting Wednesday morning.
They got help.
Representatives from BI-LO came with a $3,800 donation of school supplies to help students and educators with the materials they can use to assist in having a successful school year.
“We want to thank them for what they have done,” said Bradley County Schools Superintendent Johnny McDaniel.
BI-LO stores from two districts encompassing Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia combined their efforts to raise a total of $38,000 since December.
“A lot of our associates have children so they understand the constant need in schools for supplies,” a statement from the company said. “This is our way to provide those students and teachers with the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.”
School leaders gave a rousing hand to the two representatives of BI-LO who spoke of having their own children attending the local system.
Rob Ruth, from the Ooltewah location and Mitchell Cochran of the Dalton, Ga., BI-LO presented the donation.
“We enjoy what we do within the community and the schools,” Cochran said. “I’ve got a granddaughter who goes to Walker Valley right now and did go to Waterville. My daughter went to Prospect years ago.”
Ruth said both of his daughters had also attended Bradley County Schools.
“I have a granddaughter who’s in Waterville right now, in third grade,” Ruth said.
McDaniel said the school system is always appreciative of community support for the system.
“We’ve always had a good relationship with BI-LO,” McDaniel said, noting board member Rodney Dillard is employed with the company.
“I think Rodney has been a positive advocate for us, and I think BI-LO seeks to remain a good partner, and we welcome that very much.”