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Department of Juvenile Justice Donates School Supplies to Nims Middle School

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Tallahassee -- Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) senior staff were joined by State Representative Alan B. Williams, Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons, Leon County District 3 School Board member Maggie Lewis-Butler today as they visited R. Frank Nims Middle School to deliver school supplies donated by DJJ staff throughout Tallahassee. This is the second consecutive year DJJ has held a local school supply drive for Nims Middle School.

“Success in education is a strong predictor in keeping at-risk children from entering the juvenile justice system in the first place,” said DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. “I am overjoyed that our Tallahassee area staff have shown great generosity in their donation to a local school, and their commitment to mentoring these students as well.”

DJJ headquarters staff adopted R. Frank Nims Middle School in 2008 in response to the school’s performance challenges. Employees donated upward of a thousand individual items, including: backpacks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons and colored markers, protractors and rulers, hand sanitizer and tissue. This donation drive aligns with DJJ commitment to supporting educational success as a strategy to reducing the number of children referred to the juvenile justice system.

“I commend the employees of the Department of Juvenile Justice for showing this personal commitment in giving their time and resources,” said Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation Board Chair Barney Bishop III, of Tallahassee.

DJJ’s commitment to Nims Middle School extends throughout the school year with area staff offering themselves as student mentors.

DJJ’s mission is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. For more information, please visit http://www.djj.state.fl.us.

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