GLEN FERRIS — A couple local pageant winners have teamed up with a couple local businesses to get a head start on the 2019-2020 school year and to help local teachers.
Christa Skiles of Charlton Heights and seven-year old Allison Taylor of Kimberly are urging local residents to help them with their teacher supply drive, Adopt a Classroom.
Skiles, the current Miss West Virginia Ramp Festival, and her young counterpart have joined forces with Danhill Construction and the Glen Ferris Inn to collect school supplies for teachers at Gauley Bridge Elementary School.
“I’d like to help my teachers by bringing supplies for their classrooms,” Allison, who will be in the second grade at GBES when school resumes next month, said in an interview late last week. The daughter of Jessica and Travis Taylor, Allison was chosen as the 2019 Little Miss Cloverbud Queen at the Mount Nebo St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Skiles, who is a veteran of pageant competitions and is currently representing the state’s largest ramp feed in Richwood as its festival queen, said she and Allison wanted to do something to help out their community.
“We are Fairs and Festival queens working together to help our community,” she said last week, “working together to make a difference.”
Skiles said Dan Hill, owner of the construction company, agreed to serve as the collection point for school supplies “to provide a safe and good place to drop them off,” Skiles said. “Dan and all his employees here are out in the community all the time trying to help.”
Among the items being accepted are the following
• Lunch boxes
• Book bags
• Clorox wipes
• Classroom-size hand sanitizer
• Post-it notes
• Stickers for grading papers
• Composition notebooks
• Block erasers
• Permanent markers (fine point)
• Pencil boxes
• Glue sticks
• Construction paper
• Classroom decorations
• Safety scissors
Monetary donations with which to purchase supplies also will be accepted.
Supplies may be dropped off at the Danhill Construction office in Glen Ferris from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and after hours, a collection box is available across Route 60 in the lobby of the Glen Ferris Inn.
The collection drive will run through Aug. 16.
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