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Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club program benefits BYOT program
Proceeds from American flags support Morrow Community Foundation
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The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Clubs Optimist Flags for Education program is a fundraiser that provides three-by-five-foot flags in peoples front yards during six national holidays. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Two local groups are partnering to bring both American flags to residents and internet access to Forsyth County students whose families cannot afford it in their homes.

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club’s Optimist Flags for Education program is a fundraiser that provides three-by-five-foot flags in people’s front yards during six national holidays, with the proceeds benefitting the Morrow Community Foundation.

The foundation supports the Forsyth County Schools Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT, initiative, which provides internet access and hotspot devices to students in need.

Through BYOT in the past couple years, internet has been provided to several hundred homes, according to Larry Brown, a spokesman for the Optimist Club.

“The school system uses modern technology in the classroom and expects students to use that technology outside the classroom,” said Randy O’Dell, the club’s program chair. “However, some students don’t have internet technology, so we joined with the Morrow Foundation to help provide internet access and devices to students who need them.”

O’Dell said the initiative fits with the club’s goal of “bringing out the best in kids.”

Jim and Peggie Morrow, who own Morrow Family Medicine in Cumming, formed the foundation in 2013 when they learned that more than 2,000 families in Forsyth County did not have internet in their homes.

“Since starting the Morrow Community Foundation and raising funds to provide the internet for these deserving students,” Jim Morrow said, “we have been blessed by sponsors, volunteers and participants who are helping us make technology a reality for those who did not have it.”

A subscription to the Optimist Flags for Education program is $40 per flag per year.

For more information, email optimistflagsedu@gmail.com.