BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE: Annual outreach equips students in need for class
Mark Friedel Claremore Progress
Claremore’s First United Methodist Church (FUMC) has provided Rogers County children with needed school supplies for 15 years. Last year, more than 2,740 children from nine different school districts in the county received every item on their teachers’ school supply list.
School supplies for the program are contributed by corporate sponsors and retailers such as Office Everything and Wal-Mart.
Caylinn Mayfield, project director, said an intial order in the amount of $47,000 has been made in good faith for this year’s drive.
“Last year’s drive distributed nearly $42,000 worth of school supplies to students. That’s about $15 per student,” said Mayfield. “Numbers this year are expected to be close to the same.”
Residents are invited to send a tax-deductible contribution to FUMC Claremore, 1615 N. Highway, signed with “school supplies” in the memo line. Mayfield said 100 percent of the contributions will be used in the purchase of supplies. Left over funds will be put into an account and used for next year’s school supply drive.
FUMC Claremore is in need of volunteers to help sort supplies and assist students who are in need of supplies.
Sign up sheets are available in the church’s Disciple Hall.
For more information call the church office at 918-341-4580.
School supply lists can be obtained from all Rogers County schools’ websites or at retailers such as Walgreens and Wal-Mart.
Supply lists for Claremore can be found on each individual school’s web page at claremore.k12.ok.us.