Kiwanis Club donates backpacks, school supplies
The members of the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville purchased school backpacks and supplies and, following a recent meeting, stayed to fill each backpack with the requirements of that particular grade level.
Altogether, 35 backpacks were filled with school supplies. The club donated the backpacks to the North Canton Elementary and Central Elementary Schools — three per grade in each school plus kindergarten. The schools were chosen based on the financial need of the students in each school.
“There is a lot of need here, but they are really great kids,” said Todd Barry, principal of North Canton Elementary. “All they want is to be loved, to be needed, and to have the opportunity to learn.”
Lindsay Fowler, the school social worker, described an incident when a student came to school with a book bag so worn that the bottom was torn out. The student asked if she could sew it together. Fowler was happy she was able to offer the student a new one.
Fowler described children being thrilled to get something as simple as a box of crayons.
Both Barry and Wendy Rogers, principal of Central Elementary School, said that budgets have been cut so severely that teachers are having to reach deep into their own pockets to cover classroom supplies.
The Kiwanis Club also provides every third grader in Haywood County with their very own dictionary as part of the dictionary project every fall.
Nine Kiwanis teams personally present dictionaries to each child and then offer a short lesson on how to use them. Last year the club distributed almost 600 dictionaries.
Those interested in becoming involved with Kiwanis and helping the youth of Haywood County may join the club for lunch at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Laurel Ridge Country Club. Those interested may also contact Ann Kline at 235-3010 or Jackey Webb at 400-5621.