East, West, Highland, Lone Tree, and Hills Elementary schools were all the beneficiaries of boxes filled with school supplies, each a $260 value, on Sept. 7. The supplies were purchased and …
East, West, Highland, Lone Tree, and Hills Elementary schools were all the beneficiaries of boxes filled with school supplies, each a $260 value, on Sept. 7. The supplies were purchased and delivered by the AmVets Post 107 Ladies Auxiliary based in Richmond.
“I went online and got each one of the school’s lists,” said Wendy Boyse, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, as she sorted through a box going to Highland. “They all had optional paper towels. So that’s one less thing a teacher would have to buy. I know a lot of teachers do spend a lot of their own money.”
Boyse and fellow member Marilyn Anderson took rolls of paper towels, as well as other supplies such as notebooks, folders, headphones, and Play Doh, to each school on the warm Wednesday afternoon.
The Ladies put aside funds for one full year to purchase the supplies. Boyse donated her winnings from a horseshoe tournament, and additional money came from various events the Ladies host during the year, such as lunches and raffles.
This is the second year the Ladies have donated school supplies. In 2021, they raised $960 for that purpose.
“Last year I got to Lone Tree with a bunch of Play Doh, and I had to run back out to the truck to get a letter that I was leaving with them because I forgot it. And by the time I got back, they had routed through, and she said, ‘You have no idea. Our teacher this morning told me that she had to throw a whole bunch of Play Doh away because it had dried up,’” Boyse recounts.
Proof that the Ladies’ efforts really do make a difference.
For folks wanting to support the Ladies Auxiliary in their fundraising, the all-you-can-eat chicken wing dinner on Sept. 24 from 5-8 p.m. at the AmVets Post 107 in Richmond provides an opportunity.
“It’s just a good feeling that we’re doing this for them, the schools and the communities,” Anderson said.