The citizens of Rim Country and many of those passing through once again demonstrated their compassion and generosity by supporting the Teacher Supply Drive event held in front of Walmart on July 16-18.
More than 15,000 classroom items were donated and $1,991 was received through cash donations and hot dog/soda sales to purchase more supplies. One hundred percent of the supplies donated were distributed to Rim Country teachers.
None of this would have been possible without the sponsorship and support of SuddenLink, Lori Pappas, market segment manager; Walmart, Terra Coplan, manager; Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, John Stanton, manager; Zane Grey Country Kiwanis, Ken Perkins, president; and Coca-Cola, Greg Laridis, area manager.
Walmart donated the hot dogs, buns, condiments and grill. Coca-Cola donated all of the sodas and water.
A small army of volunteers made it all happen. Zane Grey Country Kiwanis members manned the concession stand selling hot dogs, sodas and water. Chief volunteer coordinator John Wakelin rounded up volunteers to man the donation table, distribute supplies and hand out fliers.
Volunteers include Kiwanians Jan and Mike Clark, Dan, Robbi and Janine Tantimonaco, Diane Greer, Deb Galbraith, Ken Perkins, Dick Walker, Paul Gonnerman, Scott Popke, Bill Pate, Bobby Davis, Ron Hitchcock and Bob Sanders.
Other volunteers were Pat Johnson, Mary McMullen, Judy Smith, Robert and Ann Henley, Jim and Michelle Clayton, John and Dean Ware, Maria Wakelin, Camille Levee, Sonja Bramble, Sharon King, Michelle Wintrich, Wytnee Kitchen, Karen Foster, Chris Hall, Asa Hall, Shelley Lickfeldt, Nancy Donaldson, Candi Paine, Wanda Utz, Jerusha Paine, Greg Longfellow and many Walmart folks.