Rotary starts school supply drive

CROWLEY – The Acadia Parish School Board has set aside funds for the past several years to make sure students in the primary grades (through fifth grade) can start the year with 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, as pens fade and pencil erasers are reduced to nothing or a family moves into the area and needs supplies right away and so on, the school board is left to fend for itself, or it has in the past. Last year the Rotary Club of Crowley helped bridge some of that gap and looks to do the same this year.

Until Aug. 9, the club and 12 area businesses will look to get members and these businesses’ employees to help its own community out for the 2013-14 school year.

“This year we are looking to help the Acadia Parish students that are at-risk, economically disadvantaged and/or those that experience unforeseen hardships,” said Rotarian Pat Miers.

On Friday, Aug. 9, members of the Rotary Club will collect the donations of supplies, new or used uniforms and monetary donations for the school board.

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 school board has provided a centralized list of needed supplies geared toward middle and high school students, which includes, binders (1.5- and 2-inch), eraser tops, pencil bags with holes, notebooks (marble and one-, two-, three- and five-subject), binder tab dividers, expandable folders, colored pencils, highlighters, crayons, loose leaf paper, folders (with clasps and/or pockets), pencils, sharpeners, pens, graph paper, pocket dictionaries and mesh book bags.

The effort is being spearheaded by the club’s New Members Committee once again, but is a total club and community effort 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.

“It’s really a ‘win-win’ situation businesses get to give back to the community that supports them and more students will have the chance to have the school supplies they need,” 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 that Friday morning, 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.

“When students have the supplies they need they can achieve so much more,” said Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator for the Acadia Parish School Board Antoinette Pete. “Projects like these help us not only make sure students start the year off with the supplies they need but if an extenuating circumstance arises for a family, we can help.”

The goal once again is that 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.

“This is a community service project that makes a difference in the lives and education of students here at home,” said Pete.

Businesses participating this year along with the Rotary Club of Crowley are Southwind Assisted Living, KAILO, Salvador’s Jewelry, Bank of Commerce, St. Martin Bank, Evangeline Bank, First National Bank, American Legion Hospital, Crowley Therapy Group, Shetler-Corley, City Court and Ruddock’s Bakery.

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