Local businesses step up to help schools
Now that schools are facing more financial strain due to recent budget cuts, more organizations in the community are stepping forward to provide materials and donations to Haywood County schools
One example is Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry, whose staff recently donated tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper to all of Haywood County Schools.
Kim Dawson and Katie Arrington, both staff members from Great Beginnings, recently drove to every school in town to donate the much-needed materials.
“The schools have a lot of needs and this was something we could easily do,” Dawson said. “It’s so bad for schools right now, so we would love to see other business follow through and do something similar.”
Dawson said the wipes, tissues and paper was paid for through a donation fund, which spends $1,000 on either Buncombe or Haywood County schools each year.
“We’re involved in many charities, but we try to really support our school because we all know they get less and less support as time goes on,” Dawson said. “So we just donate from our offices.”
Dawson said donating smaller materials like paper made a big difference.
“With little kids, they need so much in the classroom, a lot of things you don’t think about,” she said. “The little ones use paper so much because they don’t have text books. That’s where the whole thing got started.”
Dawson said the staff at Great Beginnings always was excited to give back to the communities.
"We love it — we’re always excited for anything we can do,” she said, adding that Great Beginnings has a total of 50 employees in three different offices. “And the schools this year were all so grateful and receptive.”
Dr. Allan Zacher is also feeling the need to give back to the school system. A doctor at Intervention Pain Services of WNC, he recently donated $500 to the Haywood County School Foundation.
“I think a good education is important for our citizens and I feel like the funding is getting inappropriately cut,” Zacher said. “I want to start doing my share to help fund the education system better.”
Zacher is calling his first donation “the tip of iceburg,” adding that he plans to donate approximately $4,000 throughout the course of this year.
“Apparently North Carolina is cutting taxes which, of course, we all like, but it's unfortunately at the expense of education system — which is very shortsighed and inappropriate, in my opinion. My solution to this is to give back some of the money I’m saving to the school system.”
Zacher said he hopes more residents and businesses will also recognize the needs of the school system.
“I’d like to dir invite other people to join me in encouraging the legislature to reverse the damage they’ve done to the school system. Its just crazy for people get a few more bucks but at the expense of education, which drives state in downward spiral of providing an education for individuals to hire. It’s very penny-wise and pound-foolish.”
In addition to these two businesses, a plethora of churches, nonprofits and other organizations have been donating materials and funding to the local schools for years.
Some of the groups who have been supporting the schools include: Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, ARC of Haywood County, Calvary Road Baptist, Long's Chapel United Methodist Church, Tractor Supply, Bojangles, Zaxby's, Pepsi, Bocelli's, RCF —Construction, Mountaineer Oxygen Supplies, Scotty Schullfhoffer, Maggie Valley Country Club, Lake Junaluska Golf Course, Haywood Recreation Department, Ammons Drive –in, Bypass Power and Equipment, WEBCO, Haywood Heating and Air Conditioning, Medwest Haywood, Starbucks, Builder's Supply, Southern Concrete, Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, Haywood County Farm Bureau, Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District, Haywood Cattlemen's Association, Town of Waynesville
Waynesville Police Department, Junaluska Feed Center, Tennessee Farmer's Coop, Taylor Motor Company, Haywood Tractor Company, Shawn Leatherwood: Architecture Studios, Bethel Rural Community Organization, Clyde's Lions' Club, Clyde Central United Church, Knights of Columbus, The Mast General Store, Sunny Point First Baptist, Morningstar United Methodist Church, Dutch Cove Baptist, Mountain Federal Credit Union, Crawford Ray Funeral Homes, AARP, Canton VFW, Haywood Building Supply, Frances Cove Methodist Church, Haywood Medical Associates, Encouraging Word Baptist Church, Asheville Eye Associates, Plus Linen, Faith Community Church, Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church, Wal Mart, Beaverdam United Methodist Church, NC Baptist Men, Haywood Rotary, HOPE Ministries, First Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Canton, Communities in Schools, among others.