Welcome tradition

Traditions come from repeating something year after year, and Jefferson County Schools leaders say they’re grateful for the back-to-school tradition started by American Public University System back in 2009.

This August marked the fourth straight year that the Charles Town-based university has delivered thousands of pounds of school supplies to area schools, including  Page Jackson Elementary School, Wright Denny Intermediate School, Charles Town Middle School and Ranson Elementary School.

Each year APUS employees contribute all types of school supplies to this project. According to school system spokeswoman Gail Woods, each year the amount of supplies donated has increased. For 2012-13, some 50,033 items were given to the four schools, for a donation that totaled 2,695 pounds.

Said John Hough, APUS vice president of community college relations and outreach: “American Public University System is an integral part of Jefferson County, and we want to focus our attention on helping the schools as much as possible. We are delighted that we can furnish these much-needed supplies for the students in the four schools. We look forward to continuing this tradition in future years.”

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