North East Mid­dle stu­dents launch school sup­ply drive

Cecil Whig - - WEATHER - jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com By JES­SICA IANNETTA

NORTH EAST — Stu­dents in the North East Mid­dle School Na­tional Ju­nior Honor So­ci­ety are col­lect­ing school sup­plies to help stu­dents af­fected by the flood­ing in West Vir­ginia.

The stu­dents dubbed the pro­ject “Fill a U-Haul” and are hop­ing to do just that by col­lect­ing school sup­plies such as paper, crayons, pen­cils, mark­ers, binders, tis­sues, book bags, Clorox wipes and com­po­si­tion books. Sup­plies can be dropped off at North East Mid­dle School be­tween 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. next Tues­day through Fri­day, from 9 a.m. to noon on Satur­day, Aug. 27 and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

The idea for the sup­ply drive came from Tammy Martin, an eighth-grade math teacher at the school and one of NJHS mod­er­a­tors. Martin went to col­lege in West Vir­ginia, where his­toric flood­ing dis­placed thou­sands of peo­ple at the end of June, and still has many friends in the state, said Denise Sopa, the school’s prin­ci­pal.

Martin be­gan talk­ing to her friends in West Vir­ginia and found out that the flood­ing also af­fected many of the state’s school, Sopa said.

“She thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if our kids here could help kids there?’” Sopa said.

So, Martin be­gan work­ing to or­ga­nize a school sup­ply drive with the NJHS. Jerry Mo­ran, of Ma­son Dixon Realty, do­nated the use of a U- Haul and, af­ter the sup­plies are col­leced, Martin plans to drive the truck down to West Vir­ginia her­self, Sopa said.

North East Mid­dle has al­ready re­ceived some school sup­ply do­na­tions and, once school starts on Aug. 29, the NJHS stu­dents will as­sist with pack­ing the truck. Mem­bers of the so­ci­ety, which con­sists of about 50 eighth grade stu­dents, have also vol­un­teered to be at the school for the Satur­day drop-off times, Sopa said.

Sopa en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to drop by the school and make a do­na­tion, even if it’s only a few items.

“There’s no do­na­tion that’s too small,” she said. “If ev­ery­one do­nates a few items, I think we can meet our goal.”

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