What’s better than a backpack filled with new school supplies?

on July 27, 2017

For the past five years, the Vacation Bible School program St. Patrick’s Church in Highland Mills has made providing school supplies to Monroe-Woodbury students part of its annual mission. This year, through bake sales, coin collections, raffles, the support of local businesses like McDonalds of Monroe, Results Driven Fitness of Monroe, Jay’s Deli of Highland Mills, and generous donations from the members of the Monroe-Woodbury central office, the congregations of St. Patrick’s Church and Monroe Temple, funds were raised to purchase backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, calculators, locks, folders, and more.

With the assistance of Walmart in Monroe, VBS volunteers purchased thousands of dollars worth of items using Monroe-Woodbury school supply lists as their guide. In cooperation with Monroe-Woodbury’s Dolores Terlecky and Carmen Coss, volunteers distributed school supplies to over 120 district students in three days during a special camp for English Language Learners held every summer at North Main Elementary. It was hard to say who had the most fun during shopping time – students, teacher or volunteers!

Thanks to VBS directors Pat Murray and Theresa Weissburg and each of the more than 200 adults and teenagers who help at St. Patrick’s Vacation Bible School, as well as the businesses and individuals whose generosity made this project a success. The support of the community is one of the things that makes M-W great!


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