The Elkin Walmart and Yadkin Valley United Fund have been working together to collect school supplies for local Yadkin Valley students as part of a national Walmart-United Fund campaign.
Yadkin Valley United Fund President Ginger Isenhoward said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to help our local school children with school supplies. We are excited to be part of this and are grateful for all the donations we have received and for the continual support of the Yadkin Valley United Fund.”
Locally the theme “From Notebooks to Glue our Local Kids Need You” has filled the cardboard buses multiple times.
Walmart Manager Trent Holcomb and his assistant manager, Jennifer Whitley, placed cardboard buses at the store entrances and were thrilled when in a matter of two days the buses were filled with supplies due to overwhelming support by the local community.
This year’s drive has been extremely successful due to the generous donations of Elkin Walmart patrons and the suggestive selling of an “item of the day” by Walmart cashiers. Pictures of the buses have been seen on social media, tweets and posters, and the bus even got to take a picture with Elkin City School Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe, and HR Director Allison Moxley.
As of last Wednesday, the YVUF had collected supplies worth more than $ 1,575, and these supplies had been delivered to C.B. Eller Elementary School, East Wilkes High School, Jonesville Elementary, Bridges Academy and Elkin City Schools.
Shelia Johnson with Jonesville Elementary said, “We are very appreciative of the supplies that have been generously provided by the community to their students, and at our open house on the 21st supplies were available to the parents of children who need them.
Beth Payne of Elkin Elementary said, “The supplies provided by the United Fund are a blessing to our students, and I am proud to live and work in a community that truly cares for one another.”
Payne perfectly epitomized the purpose of the Walmart-United Fund national partnership school supply drive when she was quoted as saying, “One of the ‘soft skills’ we teach at EES is ‘BE PREPARED.’ Preparing students for success by supplying them with the proper tools is vital. By instilling preparedness in our students at an early age, we hope to prepare them for a bright future.”
The drive will continue until the end of August so that those in the community can help “fill the bus.”