by Wendy Kulick
On Tuesday, August 18, the 2009-10 school year begins for Mt. Zion Elementary students on Johns Island. Because of the current state of our economy, the teachers and students at Mt. Zion will face many challenges this year. And just as they have done in the past, Kiawah and Seabrook Islanders, along with property owners at Cassique and Kiawah River Estates, will help them turn these challenges into opportunities.
The donations collected last year enabled the “Support Mt. Zion Kids” fund to purchase two more “Smart Boards” for the school, as well as provide school uniforms for students in need, computerized learning programs, support for the Accelerated Reading program (which helps students at or below grade level to improve their reading skills), and provide materials and supplies which teachers need on a daily basis.
During the course of this past year, we also distributed many of the school supplies donated two years ago. Even so, we still have pencils, rulers, erasers, and loose leaf paper for the upcoming year. However, a number of the “staples” we provide need to be replenished.
Because of these needs, my co-chair, Pete Trees, and I are asking for your generosity to take one of two forms: (1) by donating some of the supplies listed below or (2) by providing monetary donations. We will use the funds we collect to purchase additional supplies and uniforms as needed throughout the school year, and we hope to raise enough to continue purchasing items such as Smart Boards and other materials not provided by the very financially strapped Charleston County School District.
Needed supplies include:
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Glue sticks
- Individual pencil sharpeners
- Black & White Composition Notebooks
- Two-pocket, three-pronged folders
- Scissors, both blunt- and pointed-tipped
- Construction paper and other art supplies
Please provide your donations as soon as you can, but no later than August 10. If you have any questions, contact me at home ((843)768-7466) or via e-mail (email@example.com). Please make your checks out to “Support Mt. Zion Kids” and mail them to me at 38 Marsh Edge Lane, Kiawah Island, SC 29455. You may also drop off your supplies on the front porch of my house. Please be sure to leave your name and address with the supplies if no one is at home. We are in the process of arranging “drop off points” on Seabrook Island and at Kiawah River Estates for those people donating school supplies who don’t have access to Kiawah.
Other ways you can help:
Another way we can help the students at Mt. Zion is through shopping at Harris Teeter. At the beginning of the school year, ask the cashier at check-out to enter school number 3455 into the register. By doing so, 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. Office Depot will also credit Mt. Zion with 5% of any purchases you make – whether or not they are school supplies. The school ID# for Mt. Zion is 70090775, and this program is in effect all year long. Staples also has a rewards program for its purchases, as well as a teacher rewards program. 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 provide to Mt. Zion students, Kiawah and Seabrook Islanders have provided more than 1,000 hours per year by serving as volunteers in the classroom. You need not have teaching experience, 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 are able to give, it 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 Holleman, the Volunteer Coordinator for Mt. Zion. You can reach Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
On behalf of the entire Mt. Zion family, we thank you in advance for your generous support.