Students, Teachers Can Use Our Help

Published in the August 10-16, 2017 edition of the Capital-Democrat

My Bullfrogs started back to school this week, along with Coleman and Milburn. With four of the six children in my family graduated from the school of approximately 170 students K-12, it makes me so glad to see things like INCA creating the Hygiene Kits and Landmark Bank orchestrating an ‘angel tree’ for Johnston County teachers. We have some of the smallest, but best schools in our county and they need our help!
INCA has received donations of deodorant, shampoo, body wash and other hygiene products that they are going to package and have distributed to the county schools. Volunteers are asked to come by INCA on Friday, August 11th between 10AM and 12PM to help put the kits together. Wanda Gray has created an event on Facebook, ‘Don’t Sweat It Hygiene Kit Creation Event’ that has more information. She is also looking for volunteers to distribute the kits to the schools. Please join us, even if only for a few minutes!
Landmark Bank of Tishomingo is setting up a tree with paper apples, which will feature wish lists from JOCO school educators. Teachers like my mom, who instructs 4th grade and high school art at Mill Creek, were directed to write down a few things that they felt would really help them this school year. From pencils to rulers and construction paper, these lists will be written on apples and hung on the tree for helpful citizens to pick up and support a local teacher. Thank you, Landmark Bank, for putting this idea together and for helping our educators! I know how appreciative they are.
One more thing about my hometown – Mill Creek School has a food pantry that is designed to support students who would otherwise only be eating when meals are provided at the school. Backpacks are sent home on Fridays with needy students so that they have food over the weekend. Much of the items in the pantry are provided by the Chickasaw Nation, but if you are able, I would invite you to donate food items to the School’s pantry. Not going that way? Bring the items by the Chamber office and I will deliver them. If any other schools do something similar, please contact me.
Finally, I am glad to welcome Elisabeth Cates, a Tishomingo resident originally from Holland, and Oklahoma author, Paul F. Lambert, to the Chamber’s membership. We are so glad to have you involved!
To find out about volunteer opportunities, memberships, or upcoming events, please give us a call at 580-371-2175.
“Attitude reflects leadership, Captain.” – Remember The Titans