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Alumni donate books to Smiley library
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Members of the Long County Alumni Association stand behind some of the $2,000 worth of books donated to Smiley Elementary School's library. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County Alumni Association recently donated $2,000 worth of books to the Smiley Elementary School Media Center to help the school’s reading program.
According to LCAA member Darrell Ballance, money for the books was raised through the association’s annual golf tournament, which has made money for Long County schools during the past six years.
Ballance said previous donations had mostly gone to schools with older kids but this year they wanted to find a way to help younger children.
LCAA President Steven Moore said, “As much as we enjoy the golf tournament, seeing these funds go back into the school systems brings more joy than playing the golf.”
Susan Fuentes, who will be the school librarian at SES next year, said, “Many of our children do not come from homes that have print-friendly families; this generous donation is a blessing for our school.”
She added, “It not only benefits the school, but also parents and teachers as well; we hope we are considered for more donations in the future.”
According to LCAA Secretary Gene Davis, in addition to helping the schools, the association also awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors. They have given 18 scholarships away so far. This year, the group will award scholarships to four seniors.
Ballance said the LCAA welcomes more members.  The Long County Alumni Golf Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 29, at the Cherokee Rose Country Club.
For more information on the LCAA or on the tournament, call 294-7106 or 294-6499.
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