Club supplies Garfield with backpacks, clothing – Danville Commercial News

DANVILLE – Backpacks overflowing with school supplies were lined up in the gymnasium at Garfield Elementary School on Thursday morning as students arrived to begin their school day.

Not only were there 58 backpacks, but also 23 pairs of pants and shorts, 18 pairs of shoes, 12 shirts and an extra box of school supplies — all purchased and donated by the 22 active members of the Danville Sunrise Rotary Club.

Principal Jessica Bradford said this was the third year her school has partnered with the Sunrise Rotary Club.

“(Club member) Jen Kruger reaches out to me in July or the beginning of August to find out what our needs are at the school,” Bradford said. “This year they added uniforms and shoes.”

Kruger said each of the 22 club members donates two book bags or makes a monetary donation so that Kruger can shop for the backpacks and supplies.

“The club also gives $200 toward the purchase of supplies,” Kruger added. “I think this year we’ve donated about $1,000 in book bags and clothing.”

Several children excitedly carried the backpacks to the office of the school’s social worker who will distribute the backpacks, clothing and shoes on an as-needed basis.

“Our plan is to give students with worn or no book bag a new book bag,” Bradford said. “We have a high mobility rate, and most of the time they need a new book bag when they get here.

“My favorite part is if a zipper breaks, we can give them a new book bag,” she added.

Bradford said she is thankful for the partnership with Sunrise Rotary.

“They’re not just supporting the students but also our teachers,” she said. “Our teachers spend their own money to make sure their students have what they need.”

Bradford said she also appreciated having the support of the community. She said there are women in the neighborhood that knit hats and scarves every winter for the Garfield students.

“I’ve never been in a school where the community really supports us like they do here,” she said. “We’re blessed.”


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