By Riley Manning
TUPELO – The Haven Acres Boys and Girls received a helping hand Monday morning from a group of Tupelo High School seniors.
Zachary Adams, Allison Peterson, Derwin Crump, Caleb Wallar and Stefanie Burcham donated hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies to the Boys and Girls Club as part of their senior project, a requirement for graduation.
“The Boys and Girls Club is a place where kids learn all types of skills, social and academic,” Adams said. “We wanted to give back in a way that revolved around school.”
To raise money, the group partnered with the Pied Piper Players to put on a production of School House Rock at Milam Elementary School. Patrons were asked to donate school supplies at the door, and the group raffled off gift cards from local businesses, raising a total of $316.
Peterson said the reward of working with the kids went beyond dollars and cents. “It was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun,” she said. “I’m thinking of becoming a teacher, so I really got to get a taste of what that would be like.”
Evie Boyd, marketing director for the Boys and Girls Club, said she was grateful to receive the boxes – spattered in Golden Wave yellow and blue – filled with markers, crayons, notebooks, paper towels and more. “They actually raised a huge donation,” she said. “Between the after school program during the year and the summer program, we blow through supplies around here.”
Director of the Haven Acres clubhouse Mattie Mabry said the club will be needing them.
“Normally we have between 65 and 70 kids at the after school program, but in the summer we average around 130 each day,” she said.