Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor Hopes Every Student Begins School Year with Supplies

Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor Hopes Every Student Begins School Year with Supplies
Assess the Need

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 17, 2017

Contact:  Delia A. Taylor, APR, Taylor Media Services, 225-931-0286 or taylormedia@bellsouth.net; Krysta Watts at 225-241-1560; or Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, 225-921-1554.


Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor Hopes Every Student Begins School Year with Supplies

Volunteers to Collect Donations August 5 & 6

LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, local volunteers and area businesses are teaming up again with ASSESS THE NEED to provide school supplies for students in Livingston Parish.  Volunteers will be outside parish Wal-Mart stores August 5-6, to collect monetary donations and supplies.

Taylor said this year’s need for assistance could be much greater than in the past, since many Livingston Parish families are still struggling with rebuilding and returning to their homes since last year’s devastating flood.

“Many of our families continue to face mounting costs associated with the rebuilding and repair of their homes since last year’s flood.  Unfortunately, many families are still not back in their homes.  That means equipping children for the start of school could be an added cost that many cannot bear at this time.  It is our hope that Assess the Need will be able to help,” Taylor said.

Taylor has sponsored ASSESS THE NEED, a parish-wide school supply drive, for the past 16 years.  To date, the program has collected nearly $700,000 in donations over that time, with those proceeds purchasing needed classroom supplies for students throughout the parish.

“We started ASSESS the NEED nearly 17 years ago to help local families, to let our students know that we care about them, and to give the tools and encouragement they need to be successful in the classroom,” Taylor said.  “Now, more than ever, our people need encouragement that our parish will rebuild stronger than ever, and a key component of that is giving our students what they need to have a great school year.”

Taylor said volunteers wearing ASSESS the NEED t-shirts will take donations for this year’s drive from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5-6 at the three Wal-Mart stores in Livingston Parish – located in Denham Springs, Walker and Watson.  He said volunteers will accept monetary and in-kind donations, although he noted that monetary donations allow organizers to purchase more supplies in bulk quantities. 

Donations also can also be mailed to Assess the Need, P. O. Box 1802, Denham Springs, Louisiana, 70727, given on-line at www.AssesstheNeed.com, or dropped off at the Livingston Parish Assessor’s office in the Town of Livingston during regular work hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Taylor noted that the Assess the Need program is a registered charitable organization, and all donations are eligible for tax deductions.

Supplies will be collected, organized and distributed to each school in the parish prior to the start of classes on August 8, allowing teachers and counselors at each campus to handout the supplies on the first day. 

“We are proud to serve the people of Livingston Parish, who have so generously responded to our request for help year after year.  We are confident that, together, we will once again rise to the challenge,” Taylor said.

The business and media sponsors for this year’s school supply drive include Walmart Stores, WAFB-TV, Livingston Parish News, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Freedom Prosthetics, Chick-fil-A, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Taylor Media Services, The Advocate, Entergy of Louisiana, Hammond Daily Star, Holmes Building Material, Inspired Media, James Drug Store, Livingston Federation of Teachers and School Employees, Odell Beckham, Jr., Plantation Management, Richard Price Contracting, Abundant Life Church, Action 17 News, Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, Classic Hits 103.3, Eight-Ball Graphics, Elite Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, Hood Veterinary Hospital, iHeart Media, Kiwanis Club of Livingston, Kiwanis Club of Walker, Lamar Advertising, Lard Oil, LPPS Literacy & Technology Center, Livingston Parish Board of Realtors, McDonald’s of Baton Rouge, Team Honda, Team Toyota, Unity Prayer Center, Lewis Graphic Design, Volks Constructors, Baton Rouge Telco Federal Credit Union, DEMCO, Dr. Alan Day, Livingston Parish Republican Women, Needy of Greater Baton Rouge, and Quick N Handy Cleaners

For more information, visit Assess the Need on Facebook, Twitter or the web at www.AssessTheNeed.com.

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

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