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Amazon employees unpack a truck filled with school supplies at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School. From left, are Monique Geter, Ashley Webb-Grabe and Jessica Bramlett.

The partnership between Amazon and Hamilton County Schools was in full display in September. Amazon announced funding for computer science education in the district earlier in the month, and the local Amazon Fulfillment Center chipped in to assist children by donating school supplies.

The Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center staff collected $15,000 worth of school supplies, matched by a $15,000 donation by Amazon. Amazon delivered more than 11 pallets of supplies to Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School. The school is located in the neighborhood of the Amazon Fulfillment Center. The supplies will be shared with schools across the district.

"The 2020 back-to-school season comes with unique challenges for the students in the Hamilton County school district due to the pandemic," said Chris Brock, site leader of Amazon's fulfillment center in Chattanooga. "We feel fortunate to help in a small way by donating these items to help them easily transition into a new, successful academic year."

Tim Hensley

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