Columbia Southern University Donates Needed School Supplies to Alabama Elementary

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Swift Elementary School receives notebooks, backpacks, pencils and more from staff of online university.

Vicki Barnes, director of Employee Activities at Columbia Southern University, unloads school supplies for Swift Elementary.

As a part of its continuing effort to reach out to the community, Columbia Southern University recently donated several boxes of schools supplies to Swift Consolidated Elementary School in Bon Secour, Ala.

“Columbia Southern University believes in helping our community and we can think of no better way than supplying Swift Elementary with the tools of education,” said CSU Director of Employee Activities Vicki Barnes. “We hope these donated items from our employees will help the children enjoy learning and give them a foundation for success.”

Swift school officials were ecstatic and grateful for the “generous donation of school supplies. Having these items will greatly benefit our school community throughout the entire school year,” said Penny Eilert, school counselor.

The oldest existing public school in Baldwin County, Swift Elementary provides education for kindergarten through sixth grade. The school serves about 250 students.

This donation is not a first for CSU. In years past, the online university has given back-to-school supplies to area schools to help young minds succeed. As a proud supporter of the community, CSU has also donated and participated in charitable events such as Relay for Life, Red Cross blood drives and other causes.

CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various fields such as fire administration, occupational safety and health, criminal justice, human resource management and business administration. Visit to learn more.

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