Rim Country residents donated more than $2,000 and mounds of supplies at a recent teachers supply drive sponsored by Suddenlink and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The three-day event at the Walmart Supercenter July 19-21, generated more than 15,000 donated items to support Payson Unified School District, Gila County Regional School District, Pine and Strawberry teachers and their students.
Walmart and Swire Coca-Cola also provided support to the teachers supply drive.
“The donor and volunteer response was terrific for this first-time event,” said Suddenlink Marketing Manager Lori Pappas. “The work these teachers do benefits our communities, and this was a great way to show our appreciation.”
Dozens of volunteers processed the donations, including Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, Payson Town Manager Debra Galbraith, Kiwanis Club members, Suddenlink, Swire Coca-Cola, Walmart, chamber representatives, teachers and administrators.
“The teachers supply drive celebrates going back to school in a unique and fun way,” said Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell. “The superintendent’s office joins our teachers in saying ‘thank you’ to everyone.”
Donated items included 4,663 pencils, 707 bottles or sticks of glue, 1,900 crayons, 2,365 ink pens, and thousands of other items.
“Our staff and students are well-supported by the generous citizens and businesses in this community,” said Payson Unified School District Superintendent Ron Hitchcock. “The supply drive is just the latest showcase of that generosity.”