Rotarians, local businesses embark on new project

CROWLEY – Each year the Acadia Parish School Board sets aside funds to make sure students in the primary grades (through fifth grade) are all ready to start the school year off without little fuss.

It makes life simpler for parents as students up until the fifth grade can just show up in uniform on the first day of school and not have to make sure their child(ren) have the right number of pencils and pens, the right crayons and so on.

But what happens as those pens fade and pencils get used up and what about students in the sixth grade and up?

That is where the Rotary Club of Crowley has decided to step in.

For the next three weeks, the club and six area businesses will look to get members and employees to help its own community out for the 2012-13 school year.

“We invited their (the businesses) employees to participate along with us (the Rotary Club),” said Pat Miers.

Then on Friday, Aug. 10, the Acadia Parish School Board will collect the donations of supplies, new or used uniforms and monetary donations.

The goal, according to the club is to relieve the growing need to replenish supplies throughout the year as well as help the school board tackle the school supplies project even with continued cuts to education budgets.

The effort is being spearheaded by the club’s New Members Committee (which is comprised of nine members) and has quickly put together the drive to ensure that they can help out this school year.

The club also believes this is a marvelous opportunity for employers and employees within local businesses to get involved to make a positive impact in the community.

“This really is a community project,” said Miers.

The Acadia Parish School Board provided the club school supplies lists from all areas schools to help get the ball rolling and will collect the donations on Aug. 10, appropriately, with a school bus. The collected items will be brought to the Acadia Parish School Board’s office, inventoried and distributed to students on an as needed basis.

“We are really looking to target those students that fall through the cracks,” said Miers. “The ones that are not eligible for any federal aid.”

Meaning, the members of the community will help take in their own hands the educational welfare of the community’s children by simply making sure they have enough pencils to last the year and so on.

“Antoinette Pete from the Acadia Parish School Board is working with us, and she said that throughout the year if a family’s house burns down and they lose all of their school supplies, they cannot help them replenish those supplies... so this fund would help in those extenuating circumstances for any family,” said Miers.

The announcement was made at the Rotary Club of Crowley’s Tuesday meeting by Miers, who along with the committee has gotten the six businesses to help out this year and hopes to get more maybe next year.

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