MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison City schools are getting a helping hand for the first day of school. Smith Infiniti is donating boxes of school supplies for students in need.
There are just over 9,400 students in the Madison City School system. Out of those, officials say one in four comes from a low income family.
That's why Superintendent Dee Fowler says the donations mean a lot.
"We're so appreciative to Smith Infiniti for their donation. We have a lot of children in our community that these supplies will make a difference on how they start their school year," said Dr. Fowler.
Fowler says the boxes of paper, crayons and other first-day essentials Smith Infiniti gathered over the last month from their customers are meaningful for other reasons too.
"Ever since the recession there has been a dip in the amount of money that teachers receive," Dr. Fowler said.
He says in the past teachers and parents have had to pick up much of the slack. He says having the extra donations in time for the first day will help make sure each student is ready for a successful school year.