cloudy
Tuesday February 9th, 2016 4:50AM

Lambert student spearheads effort to feed children

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
SUWANEE - A Lambert High School sophomore has taken taken an idea to help the community to new levels at eight Forsyth County Schools.

Nick Futrell launched Blessings in a Backpack this school year. According to Lambert Principal Gary Davison, Lambert students are free to propose clubs. When Davison heard Futrell's idea, he was on board.

"It's taken off this year and Nick is an outstanding young man who really wants to see this go to the next level."

Futrell raises funds for the work, coordinates food from local supermarkets and organizes the collection and distribution of the backpacks. School officials ssaid it costs $80 a year to provide a pack of food for one child.

Davison said Nick and student volunteers gather every Friday morning to stuff the packs, a process he called incredible. It included about 25 students the last time.

"Early on a Friday morning they clear out a classroom, set up tables around the perimeter and whatever the pack will be that week, they have an entire assembly line program," Davison said.

Davison estimated the effort feeds nearly 100 people a week through eight schools. Parent volunteers gather and distribute the packs to individual schools.

Davison said Futrell hopes to expand the program to all Forsyth County schools next year.

"This is quite an enterprising young man," Davison said.



For more information:

Lambert High School (678) 965-5050 (front desk) or email gdavison@forsyth.k12.ga.us
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 2 years ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Lula officials growing tired of bridge game
Lula officials are growing tired of a more than 35-year battle over the wooden railroad bridge on Cobb Street.
10:54PM ( 5 hours ago )
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there s...
10:40PM ( 6 hours ago )
North Carolina man faces drug charges in Towns County
A traffic stop on Ga. 17 in Towns County over the weekend led to drug charges against a North Carolina man.
6:06PM ( 10 hours ago )
Former Clarkesville councilwoman announces bid for open seat
Former Clarkesville City Councilwoman Tina Courson Evans has announced she will qualify for the seat vacated when Barrie Aycock resigned to qualify for mayor.
4:25PM ( 12 hours ago )
Assault suspects subject of manhunt, one in custody
​A woman was behind bars Monday afternoon, a man remained on the run after authorities spent about a hour searching for him in connection with an assault on the woman's mother in Hall County earlier Monday.
2:26PM ( 14 hours ago )