Claremore Daily Progress

July 21, 2013

LETTER: Back to School drive helps area students

Carol Round
Special to the Progress

CLAREMORE —

Dear Editor,

As a new school year approaches, Rogers County children and their parents are shopping to replace outgrown clothing as well as purchasing the required classroom supplies to start out the year ready to learn. For many families in the county, purchasing the needed supplies is a hardship. With fluctuating gas prices and the increasing cost of necessities, some parents struggle to provide what their children need to be successful in school. As a former teacher, I have experienced the difference it makes in a child’s life when he/she comes to school with what he/she needs to learn. I also know teachers often spend their own hard-earned dollars to purchase classroom supplies as well as buying supplies for classroom students who cannot afford them.

For the past 15 years, the Rogers County School Supply Drive has been successful in helping area children return to school with supplies in hand. With the help of many generous churches, individuals, businesses and civic organizations, Claremore FUMC has coordinated the program each year since its inception. Each year, the number of children seeking assistance has increased. Last year, the program provided supplies for 2,741 needy Rogers County public school children at a cost of $45,224.73.

All funds donated to the program go directly to purchase supplies. Volunteers provide the labor to sort, pack and distribute the backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, paper and other supplies. No one receives a salary for this yearly mission to equip area students with school supplies.

If any individual, civic organization, church or business wishes to help defray the costs of this program, a tax-deductible contribution can be mailed to the First United Methodist Church with a notation on the memo line, “school supplies.” The church mailing address is 1615 N. Hwy. 88, Claremore, OK 74017. For more information, call the church at 918/341/4580 or email program coordinator, Ray Dawson at rdawson372@aol.com.

Won’t you join me in helping every child start school with the needed tools for success?

Carol Round

Claremore