By Pam Robinson
Posey County students can start back to school prepared, thanks to the generosity of community leaders sponsoring supply giveaways. Three organizations plan school supply giveaways and promise to turn away no Posey County student who expresses a need.
Zion Lippe United Church of Christ, 9000 Copperline Road in Mount Vernon, will kick off Project Notebook this Saturday afternoon, July 28, from 1-3 p.m. Families may call 812-985-2437 for directions to Zion Lippe.
The church has sponsored Project Notebook for the past eight years to distribute backpacks filled with supplies necessary for grades K-12. One backpack is handed out to each student. No preschool or college supplies are distributed. In addition, for the third straight year now, hairstylists have donated their time and talent to haircuts (no wash or style) for students arriving with clean hair.
According to Project Notebook Committee member Irma Donner, Zion Lippe is preparing for 250 Posey County students this year. Immanuel United Church of Christ and the Elks Club have helped with funding the project. Last year, Donner says, 234 students came out with their parents for the backpacks, and more than 40 of them received free haircuts.
Students will need to provide their name and address, their school name and their grade. The list of names will be shared with Family Matters of Posey County to guard against duplication of services a week later when Hedges hosts another giveaway of backpacks filled with supplies for grades K-12.
SABIC and Warehouse Services, Inc., or WSI, are funding this backpack giveaway scheduled for Monday, August 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday, August 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. Beth Russell, Executive Director of Family Matters, says her organization will coordinate the giveaway for Posey County students, and encourages families to call 812-838-6875 to set up an appointment so they can move more quickly through the line on Monday and Tuesday.
Russell notes that the backpacks will be distributed from the Parks and Recreation Community Center at Hedges Central, Entrance #10, in the alley off Eighth Street. Students must be accompanied by their parents, and parents must provide proof of ID as well as proof of address in Posey County (i.e., utility bill, bank statement).
Again, each Posey County student should receive only one backpack. Families are reminded to go to only one backpack giveaway, either at Zion Lippe UCC or at Hedges.
New Harmonie Healthcare, 251 Highway 66 in New Harmony, will be putting on its own Back to School Carnival and School Supply Giveaway on Friday, August 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Any Posey County student may pick up the following supplies: folders, notebooks, crayons, glue, pencils, erasers and rulers. No backpacks will be distributed. Refreshing sno-cones and popcorn will be served.
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