Bags stuffed with school supplies — pens, pencils, binders, highlighters, paper, and more — were donated to Midlakes students through an annual donation led by the Clifton Springs Rotary.
In all, Rotary expected to distribute about 190 bags full of donated supplies to students and teachers. The local service club collected and sorted the donated supplies, which brought the Salvation Army, the St. John’s Episcopal Church Second Seasons Consignment Boutique, the Mary Hicks Preston Foundation, and other community groups in to join the effort.
“It is just a great way to make sure that all of our families start the school year off on the right foot,” said Theresa Dorgan, a member of Rotary who helped gather supplies. “This effort gives families one less thing to worry about during a very busy time of year."
Rotarians helped raise about $6,000 to meet the supply requests developed by K-12 teachers at Midlakes schools. Backpacks, color pencils, and Styli were among the items given to students during school orientation days on August 28 and 29. Thousands of items, including scissors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, second-hand clothes and more were made available to families of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District.
Leftover supplies will be given to each school and made available to students at a later date.