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Barnesville School Gives Back to Community

​Goods from the Barnesville Basement Rummage Sale were donated to local organizations serving families in need. After the school’s annual indoor yard sale, students sorted through unsold furniture, clothing, and household items to donate quality items to 10 area organizations, including Cornerstone Montgomery, Rukundo International, Frameworks for Families, Wheel of Hope, Salvation Army, and Frederick Rescue Mission.

Each year, Barnesville families donate like new and gently used goods for the rummage sale to raise funds for the School. The morning of the sale, people line up around the building to take advantage of the bargain prices. This year was no exception, with the gymnasium packed full of just about everything you can imagine, including a kitchen sink. About two-thirds of the donated items are sold, and everything that does not sell is either donated or recycled, minimizing what goes to the landfill.

“This is the event that keeps on giving,” said Dana Smith, a parent volunteer who chaired the event. “The community gets access to incredible items at bargain basement prices, the School raises funds to support our amazing teachers, kids get to tinker with used electronics and gadgets at our makerspace table, and then all of these other groups help distribute shoes, clothing, and other necessities to families that really need them.”

After the sale, Smith worked with one of the organizations to select items for family living nearby. A single mother with twin two-year-olds and a new baby was thankful to receive dressers, a highchair, two bags of clothing, and toys.

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, located at 21830 Peach Tree Road in Barnesville, offers an innovative preschool through 8th grade education that integrates the humanities, arts, math and science.

Photo courtesy Barnesville School.