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School Supply Drive for Underfunded School System

10. Ene 2013

The Cub Scouts of Pack 138 in Palmyra, Virginia wanted to do something to help their school system that is dealing with major budget cuts. In 2012, the Fluvanna County School system was faced with being underfunded and teachers were given a pay cut to an already below state average. Further issues came up when the teachers were asked to take furlow days without pay. The budget problems became known all over Virginia.
The school PTOs began asking for parents for help when they found out that after the intial school supplies run out from the beginning of the year, that the teachers are expected to buy the supplies out of their own pockets.
The leaders and Scouts of Pack 138 decided to live up to the Cub Scout Promise to help other people and organized a month long school supply drive. We enlisted the help of businesses around our county to place boxes asking for donations. Each of our 6 dens decorated these boxes and then delivered them to one of the stores. We had 11 total locations. We used social media to advertise this service project and became a news story in 2 local papers and on television as well as radio. The amount of support from the community was amazing. Most of the boxes were filled with supplies, ranging from little pink erasers to glue sticks to new backpacks. We even had a Cub Scout from a Pack in the next county donate a bag full of school supplies.
We collected all of the boxes and delivered them to the Fluvanna County School Board at their monthly meeting on January 9, 2013. The Cub Scouts, Leaders, and parents filled the board room. We displayed the items collected on a table, but soon ran out of room for all of them. There were still four or five boxes filled with supplies. The school board was overwhelmed and very thankful for the generosity of the community and the service of Pack 138. Each Cub, leader, and parent left the meeting with a feeling of pride for helping out a school system in need.
We did indeed live up to the Cub Scout Promise.

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