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School board gets $2,000 boost from Parker's
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Board of Education Chairman Eddie Warren, center, thanks Greg Parker with Parker's gas station for a $2,000 donation Thursday during the board's monthly meeting at Richmond Hill Middle School as board members Jeff Morton and Paine Bacon watch. - photo by Crissie Elric

The Bryan County Board of Education had a special guest during its regular meeting Thursday at Richmond Hill Middle School when Greg Parker with Parker’s Convenience Stores stopped by with a surprise.

Parker presented the board with a $2,000 donation on behalf of the company’s Fueling the Community program, an effort that donates 1 cent for every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to schools where Parker’s Gas Stations are located.

“Just so you know, this month we’re giving back $20,000, so that’s a lot of money,” Parker told the board. “It makes us really proud to be able to do it because we think the schools are the underpin for everything that goes on. If you elevate education, everything else rises. Crime goes down, the whole community does better.”

Parker also donated $1,000 to Bryan County Schools in December 2011 to jump start Bryan County Schools’ participation in the Fueling the Community Program.

“It’s such a pleasure for us to be able to come here,” Parker said. “I built my first store in Richmond Hill in 1978 and … built one in Blitchton a couple years ago, so I’ve been a part of this community for years, and Parker’s wants to give back to the community.”

BoE Chairman Eddie Warren said the board was thankful for the donation.

“We thank you and we appreciate everything you do in the community, and not just in ours,” he told Parker.

Read more in the Oct. 27 edition of the News.

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