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Nonprofit thrift store donates $60,000 to support local education

A total of six schools each received $10,000 to purchase mobile classrooms.

During a special presentation on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, the all-volunteer staff presented Harlem High, Harlem Middle, North Columbia Elementary, North Harlem Elementary, Euchee Creek Elementary, and Dearing Elementary with their $10,000 checks.

Through profits received from sales at the beloved Harlem thrift store, the staff of Attic Treasures has worked to meet the needs of people in the community for the past 14 years, including students and their families in the Columbia County School District.

“In my 30 years in education, I have never seen anything like Attic Treasures,” said Sonya Bailey, North Harlem Elementary Principal. “It’s almost like they exist to support us. It’s phenomenal. We are so grateful for what they do.”

Loreen Reynolds is the Attic Treasures Board President and one of the first founders of the thrift store since it began operations in 2008.

 “When we started out, if we could give away $500 we thought we were doing great,” Reynolds said. “We are just grateful that we have been able to do this.”

In the Spring, Attic Treasures celebrated a milestone - donating $1 million to date to local schools and other nonprofits and organizations in the area.

Donations also include several college scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. 

“There has never been a time when we have come to them with a family in need that they haven’t supported us,” said Casey Dees, Principal of Harlem High. “They go above and beyond to help our local schools and this community as a whole.”

The Columbia County School District is grateful for Partners in Education like Harlem Attic Treasures and their dedication to public education in Columbia County.

The thrift store is open Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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group photo with giant check

 

group photo with giant check

 

group photo with giant check

group photo with giant check