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Jul 23 2010

A pen and paper go a long way

By Wendy Kulick

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 copy paper

 printer cartridges

 pencils

 school uniforms (shirts and pants)

 crayons

 construction paper and art supplies

 black & white composition books

 glue sticks

 two-pronged, three-hole folders

 pencil sharpeners

 scissors, both blunt- and pointed-tipped

Contrary to what you might think, this is not a list of supplies the Charleston County School District (CCSD) provides to its teachers. These are just some of the items purchased over the last few years for students and teachers at Mt. Zion Elementary School through the generosity of property owners on Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Islands.

2010-11 will be the third year that the Charleston County School District budget has been slashed due to the dire economic circumstances in South Carolina. The budget for the 2010-11 school year reflects a 3.8% decrease on top of two budget cuts during this year.

In light of this, we are asking for your generosity to take one of two forms: (1) by donating any of the supplies listed above or (2) by making a monetary donation. We will use funds received to purchase supplies and uniforms as needed throughout the school year, and we hope to raise enough to be able to continue to provide necessary teaching supplies. We hope to receive as many donations as possible before the state’s tax-free weekend at the beginning of August.

Please make your checks payable to “Support Mt. Zion Kids” and mail them to Wendy Kulick at 38 Marsh Edge Lane, Kiawah Island, SC 29455, or drop them on the front porch of the Kulick residence. Please be sure to include your name and address with supplies if no one is home when you deliver them. If you live on Seabrook, please drop off your supplies with Sue Holloman at 2445 Cat Tail Pond. If you live in Kiawah River Estates, Karen Watson is your point person at 4176 Haulover Drive.

Please provide your donations as soon as you can. If you have any questions, contact me at home (843.768.7466) or via e-mail (wkulick@bellsouth.net).

Other ways you can help

Another way we can help the students at Mt. Zion is through shopping at various stores. This program works no matter where you live. Just remember to ask your cashier at Harris Teeter to enter the school number “3455” into the register when you hand them your VIC card. By doing this, a portion of what you spend is donated to Mt. Zion Elementary each time you shop and purchase “Together in Education” items. If you have an Office Depot credit card, please inform the sales associate at the register to credit Mt. Zion Elementary (school ID# 70090775). The school will receive 5% of any purchases you make all year long. Staples also has a rewards program for its purchases, as well as a teacher rewards program for moneys they spend. Finally, if you have a Target credit card, you can register on the Target web site for Mt. Zion Elementary. These businesses donate a portion of sales dollars to local schools.

In addition to the school supplies we donate to Mt. Zion students, Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islanders have provided more than 1,000 classroom volunteer hours each year. You need not have teaching experience to volunteer, only a willingness to help the students in our local schools. This assistance may be for an hour, a week, or an entire day; however much time you can give will be appreciated by the Mt. Zion students and their teachers. Just talk to your friends and neighbors who have donated their time and they will tell you how rewarding an experience it is! If you are interested in helping out in the classroom, mentoring a student, tutoring students or reading to classes, please contact Sue Holloman, the Volunteer Coordinator for Mt. Zion. You can reach Sue at holl97@bellsouth.net and she’ll be delighted to hear from you! Donna Moulton is both a volunteer and Sue’s assistant, and you can reach her at donna.moulton@gmail.com.

On behalf of the entire Mt. Zion family, thank you in advance for your generous support.

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