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School supplies being collected

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A new school year is just around the corner and that means it’s time to purchase classroom supplies. Unfortunately, many struggling families in the community can’t afford the added expense. 

For those living in Mount Washington, Mount Washington Community Ministries is there to help. 

On Wednesday, August 3, Community Ministries host a school supply drive at their location in the basement of Coakley Chapel on the campus of First Baptist Church Mount Washington, 320 N. Bardstown Rd. 

Low-income families with students enrolled in any of Mount Washington’s seven public schools are encouraged to bring their supply lists to Community Ministries from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., when volunteers will be distributing classroom supplies, even back packs.

As a former teacher, Paula Maddox, who co-chairs the drive with fellow retired teachers Verna Jenette and Karen Young, said there was a great need for the program in the community. 

“We all know how important it is that kids have the necessary supplies to succeed,” Maddox said. “It’s hard for families, especially with three or four kids, to be able to buy everything they need in the classroom... This is definitely a worthwhile program.”  

Last year, nearly 300 families fulfilled their childrens’ school supply lists and no one was turned away thanks to generous support provided by countless local businesses and individuals. 

That generosity is expected to continue this year as organizers have already received donations from Meijer, The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County, Peoples Bank Mt. Washington, Citizens Union Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, First Citizens Bank, The Way insurance agency, Bugs R Us, and Dr. James Brewer of Mount Washington Medical Associates. 

Area churches have also contributed and Louisville Gas and Electric has committed over 200 backpacks for distribution.

All of the supplies given by Community Ministries are donated or purchased with contributions and organizers are asking anyone who would like to help to please donate.

Just as in years past, leftover supplies will be distributed to schools in Mount Washington or left with Community Ministries for those in need. 

Donations will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 25. Monetary donations can be mailed to Maddox at 762 Armstrong Lane. 

School supply donations can be taken to First Baptist Church. 

Organizers are requesting glue sticks, paper towels, Kleenex, Ziploc bags, erasers, pencils, pens, wide ruled paper, spiral notebooks, steno pads, pocket and clip folders, coloring markers, dry erase markers, colored pencils, primary tablets for first, second and third graders, Fiskars scissors and Elmer’s glue. 

For additional information, call Maddox at (502) 538-4626.