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Optimists donate to Morrow Foundation to benefit school system



CUMMING, Ga. — The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club donated $2,500 to the Morrow Community Foundation to support the Forsyth County School System Bring Your Own Technology initiative.

The initiative improves student access to technology, especially the internet, for students who do not have it at home.

The check was presented at the recent Bring Your Own Technology 5-K run to Dr. Jim and Peggie Morrow by Optimist Randy O’Dell.

The donation was derived from proceeds of the Sawnee-Cumming club’s Flags for Education program. American flags are placed in front yards during six national holidays. Subscription cost is $40 per flag per year. Half the proceeds go to the Morrow Foundation to support the technology initiative and the other half to the club’s children’s programs.

The Morrows created their foundation in 2013 to give back to the community. When they learned that many families in Forsyth County did not have the internet in their homes, they decided to join with the school system to support the Bring Your Own Technology initiative.

“The donation from the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is an incredible gift for our charity,” Jim Morrow said. “This is the largest donation we have received from a community partner. We appreciate what the Optimist Club is doing with their flag program, not only for us, but for everyone in the county.” 

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is happy to support this initiative through its Flags for Education program, said O’Dell, the club’s flag program chairman.

“The Optimist’s moto ‘Bringing out the Best in Kids’ matches the Morrow Foundation goal of enriching young lives, particularly those who need a helping hand,” O’Dell said. “We are grateful to Dr. Morrow for the opportunity to work together to make a difference in lives of children.”

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