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Posted: June 20, 2013 9:18 p.m.

Oxford College donates furniture to nonprofits

Oxford College did some very late spring cleaning this week to prepare for its new residence hall and helped out some local nonprofits in the process.

The college cleaned out three buildings, which will be demolished to make way for its new, 206-bed residence hall, and gave away a variety of furniture to local schools and nonprofits to both benefit the community and avoid filling up the landfill.

Display cases, tables, chairs, desks, a wardrobe, file cabinets, beds and even pool tables were up for grabs, including some furniture that likely dated back to the 1950s.

“Emory has a commitment to sustainability and not putting things into the landfill that could be used by someone,” said Crystal McLaughlin, director of student development.

Flint Hill Elementary, the county’s largest elementary school, and Covington Academy both received classroom and office furniture; Flint Hill took a large conference table and office equipment to help with a suite that will be set up for the school nurse.

The Miracle League in Newton County took some storage units to house bats and balls for the new field.

McLaughlin said the juvenile court system and Georgia Wildlife Federation also took furniture.

The rest of the equipment was auctioned off Thursday to college staff and faculty, said Rachel Powell, Oxford College’s senior facilities planning coordinator.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Oxford Fund for Excellence scholarship program “that will give a high-quality educational experience to the most deserving students, regardless of their family’s income.”

McLaughlin said the college gave away furniture previously when it tore down an old dormitory. Previously, old student desks were given to Solid Rock Baptist Church for its free medical clinic.

“It’s nice to see things have a second life and serve a wonderful purpose in the community,” she said.

The three buildings that will be torn down are 106 Hamill St., a house that had served as the college’s Office of Events and Conferences, and 702 and 706 Haygood St., which housed an art studio and the college’s human resources department, Powell said.

The human resources department moved to the house that was home to the college’s police department, while the police department moved to Branham Hall, she said.

Construction on the new residence hall — which Powell said will be named Fleming Hall after former dean Neal Bond Fleming — was supposed to start in June, but has been delayed, Powell said.

However, demolition of the houses is expected to start soon.

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