Roleaide to bring relief

Published 8:43 pm Saturday, September 10, 2011

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

A local Selma resident has organized an event to help out the community’s children and schools.

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Rebecca Tucker-Pharr has organized “Roleaid,” an event that aims to help children, citizens and schools in need.

Starting Monday morning at 8:05 a.m., school supplies will be collected for Selma City Schools at the front entrance of Clark Elementary School and supplies for Dallas County Schools will be collected at the Dallas County Schools building on Lauderdale Street.

“What we’re trying to do is help people out of work in Selma-Dallas County,” Pharr said.

“I’m just trying to help the people here because … some people are out of work, on unemployment and they can barely keep electricity on in the house and food on the table.”

Pharr said supplies students of Dallas County and Selma City schools need will be accepted.

“We’re collecting a bunch of stuff that Selma City Schools and Dallas County Schools need like crayons, markers, children’s coats, belts, socks, shoes, and uniforms because they don’t get enough when they have that jamboree at the first of the year,” Pharr said. We’re basically asking for a lot of about 100 different items they need.”

Pharr reached out to Randy Williams of WHBB 1490, Dallas County Schools superintendent Dr. Fannie Major-McKenzie, Selma City Schools superintendent Dr. Donald Jefferson and Joslyn Reddick, coordinator of Selma City Schools Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, among others to help organize the event.

Pharr said this event will help benefit a lot of people in the community.

“It’ll help the kids and the schools because the schools are in proration,” Pharr said. “Kids need these supplies for school and if momma and daddy can’t help provide it, then it’s time for the Christians of this community and Selma to stand together as one and help theses schools.

“I’m hoping that people will come out and show that people in Selma are compassionate and we will help those who need help.”
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