SHELBY – Township No. 3 Elementary School was recently surprised with a $1,500 donation from Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Assistant Principal Brandy Curtis said each year Elizabeth Baptist in Shelby, of which she is a member, completes a service project through the church’s Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors annual race car night. Curtis said she mentioned to the Sunday School classes about the need for donations at Township No. 3 to help with school supplies, food and clothing for children in need.
“They all got on board, especially after lot of people saw that the money was going to a school,” she said. “They usually collected anywhere from anywhere from $300 to $800, so they raised a lot more this year than usual.”
The money was donated directly to the school’s social work fund, which is managed by School Social Worker Catherine Hastings. She said the donation goes into an emergency fund that will only be used when all other resources are exhausted.
Typically, Hastings said that fund will be used to help students who don’t have insurance and can’t afford medication or glasses or those who are in need of food or warm clothing.
“We try to use all of our local resources to help our kids, but there’s always a situation where there’s just not the resource to pay for it,” she said. “It’s nice to know that money’s there for an emergency.”
Hastings said she was surprised and grateful that Elizabeth Baptist chose Township No. 3 as the donor for its service project. The children involved in the fundraising effort are students in grades first through sixth.
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