CBL provides school supplies for District 5

CBL Properties visited eight District 5 schools in Hamilton County on Friday, dropping off school supplies for students and teachers. (Image: WTVC)

Friday was just the second day back for Hamilton County students. But for some, back-to-school supplies are hard to come by.

That's why one company is stepping up to make sure kids have what they need.

CBL Properties employees dropped off school supplies at all eight District 5 schools, including Hillcrest Elementary and Brainerd High School.

Hillcrest fourth-grader Jordan talked about what he plans to do once he gets his supplies.

"It's very important to do very important stuff, be safe and be responsible at this school," Jordan said.

But students aren't the only ones benefiting.

"This is going to be amazing for the kids, and for the faculty and staff, because often times they have to go into their own pockets and purchase things to make sure that the kids have everything they need," District 5 spokesperson Karitsa Jones said.

Administrators and board members were even more excited when they found out this wasn't just a one-time thing.

"We're not just doing this today, but we've decided to partner with them all year," Sharon Green with CBL Properties said.

Hillcrest Principal Vonetta Martin said the looks on the students' faces were priceless.

"That's the joy of being an educator -watching the kids' faces," Martin added.

For Brainerd faculty, it also meant helping high school kids get closer to reaching their goals.

"They love our students, and we love them, and we're here so they can be real successful and move on and have a great life," Brainerd Behavior Specialist Eric Williams said.

And for the younger kids, it means they're starting the school year prepared.

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