For the seventh year in a row, the Valley Ladies furnished five schools in the Upper Rogue with supplies for children. Shady Cove Elementary and Middle Schools, Elk Trail, Prospect and Butte Falls Schools all benefited from this annual effort by the Ladies.
Proceeds garnered from a yard sale, furniture sale and 50-50 drawings from luncheons added up to about $800. This money was used to purchase paper, 1,000 #2 pencils, 1,200 colored pencils, 872 pocket folders, 935 colored markers, 100 rulers, 120 boxes of crayons, glue sticks, erasers and much more.
On Wednesday, August 27, some Ladies gathered to divide the supplies for each school according to the ages of the students. The women, Liz Anderson, Wanda Vairetta, Cindy Marcacci, Doris Anderson, Carmen York, Toni Arnspiger and Pattie Adams loaded the items in boxes, according to a list from previous years. There was a little confusion, now and then, about what items should go in what box but the work was done in good humor because the Ladies were doing what they do best- helping the community.
With the slow economy affecting everyone, Tiffany O’Donnell, Principal of Shady Cove School, expressed appreciation for the supplies that will make school better for the children. She said, “We feel so fortunate to have people in the community who support our kids and our schools. There has been more outreach this year in these economic hard times. People have been more giving and generous. Perhaps they know kids are suffering more.”
Elk Trail School Librarian and Secretary, Paula Brenner, said the items augment what the school is able to purchase. “We don’t want any student to go without supplies. The Valley Ladies always come through for us.”
Valley Ladies meet for both socializing and good works. Their main projects are distributing school supplies to the Upper Rogue Schools and giving fans in the summer and blankets in the winter to disadvantaged residents. Luncheons revolve around these themes for the 200-plus members. For more information call Toni Arnspiger at 890-1828 or 821-1162.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent