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Across Black America Week of Sept. 14, 2017

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 9/14/2017, midnight

Georgia

Georgia-based, Black-themed school supplies company, Innovative Supplies Worldwide Inc., has embarked on a mission to help Hurricane Harvey flood victims, reports BlackNews.com. The company is currently offering consumers the option to purchase school supplies from its website to donate to school-aged children and young adults who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Customers can purchase high-quality and inspiring school supplies for as low as $3.68. The company will cover the shipping costs to send these supplies to flood relief victims in Texas. Innovative sells creative school supplies that are designed by local artists and manufactured by teenage employees. Its merchandise includes notebooks, stickers, pins and cups featuring unique and inspiring designs of African American culture and iconic civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Among the company's popular products are notebooks of a Black female scientist conducting an experiment in a lab, Tupac wearing an 'I am Sandra Bland' T-shirt, and a Black teen girl sporting an afro and 'Be Unique' T-shirt. The company is run by disabled vet Nneka Brown-Massey. Since its establishment in 2016, Innovative has been featured in Essence and Jet magazines. The company is also the 2017 winner of the Georgia Launching Opportunities by Exporting (GLOBE) Award. For further information or to purchase supplies to donate to Hurricane Harvey flood victims, please visit: www.innovativesupplies.net

Iowa

A group of students from an Iowa high school were disciplined last week after a photo of them wearing white hoods, waving a Confederate flag and burning a cross began circulating on social media, according to the Associated Press. One student is also seen holding what appears to be a rifle. The photo first appeared on Snapchat and made the rounds from there, reports WHO TV.com. The students in the image attend Creston Community High School (CCHS) and are members of the Creston/Orient-Macksburg football team. CCHS Assistant Principal Jeff Bevins told the Creston News that they got ahold of the picture on Sept. 6 and immediately investigated what transpired. “It is a student discipline issue, so no comment as far as what has been done with the students,” Bevins said. “We have taken action already.” Principal Bill Messerole told the publication via e-mail that “the picture does not represent CCHS, our school system or our community.” “We are proud of how our students and staff conducted themselves today after the picture became public. It is of the utmost importance that our students feel safe and welcomed in our district,” he wrote. Messerole also told the AP that the photograph was not taken on school property. A member of the Creston football team sent a statement defending his community and stressing the values of his team to WHOtv. The anonymous note said that “the five individuals that were involved with the picture are clearly in the wrong and they will face the consequences eventually.” The surfacing of the photograph comes just days after students at a central Indiana high school were banned from wearing the Confederate flag after it caused altercations in the school's hallways.