Writer: Alice Queen
Published May 16, 2022
The Rockdale Citizen
Kids in stressful situations will get a little comfort in the form of a cuddly stuffed animal, thanks to the efforts of the Management Development Class of 2022 at the city of Covington.
The 20 members of the class decided to collect the stuffed animals as part of their community based project. The toys were collected at City Hall and the Covington Fire Department stations and donated May 12 to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and Piedmont Newton Hospital. In all, the class collected more than 200 stuffed animals.
Class member Lt. Allen Martin said the class settled on a stuffed animal drive after another class member’s child received a similar toy during a visit to the hospital.
“Our families and kids will love this,” he said. “We’ve got a great relationship with the city of Covington … we are happy to serve you all.”
The Management Development Class is a voluntary program offered by the city to employees across all departments. The class is conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.