North East Middle students launch school supply drive
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.”