Greenfield Donates $10,000+ in School Supplies

Greenfield Donates $10,000+ in School Supplies
Posted on 07/26/2019
City Delivers to Greenfield SchoolWhen K-5th grade students arrive at Greenfield School on August 5, they will find that the community of Greenfield has prepared the way for a successful 2019-2020 school year. Every student will receive the necessary supplies to begin the year, courtesy of an effort initiated by City Clerk Jerica Spikes and supported by City Recorder Callie Smithson and Mayor Cindy McAdams with help from churches and businesses.

The estimated value of providing the paper, pens, and other materials for the 210 students is more than $10,000 and was made possible by donations from the City of Greenfield, Greenfield Banking Company and the city’s Church of Christ, First Presbyterian, First Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist and United Methodist churches.

Greenfield principals receive donationJamie Doster, assistant principal at Greenfield School, helped coordinate the effort and praised the community when the three truckloads of supplies were delivered on Thursday. “It takes some of the burden off our families. I think this is awesome for our students,” she said.

New principal Jeff Cupples agreed. “It shows how much the community cares about the students and that the school is the epicenter of the community,” he noted. “I want the children to know how much they are loved and this gift is evidence of that.”

Cupples, who has two children who will be attending Greenfield School, shared that his daughter Jacie is entering kindergarten. In a recent conversation, she had asked, “When am I going to get my scissors?” He smiled as he relayed the excitement she expressed when he had told her, “Greenfield has already bought your scissors.”

Ellie Pitt and Lila Trevathan sold snow conesWhen asked how the city had responded, Spikes, Smithson and McAdams said they were impressed with the speed of the response – commitments for each grade were made within in two days – and the generosity. Spikes pointed to Assistant Principal Willie Trevathan and Coach Don Pitt’s daughters Lila and Ellie who, upon learning of the fundraising effort at church, determined that the $110 they had earned selling snow cones would go toward the cause. Ellie Pitt reported later that she liked the idea of helping and was excited that students would have "nice stuff" for the year. 

Lorre Stout organizesGreenfield Banking Company housed many of the materials before they were delivered to the school. Lorre Stout assisted the city workers (including husband Tony) with organizing the boxes.

Alice Ann Yeargin helped coordinate the collection of materials from both First Presbyterian and Greenfield Banking Company where she is employed. She said that working with the fourth grade list proved more complex so she reached out to the school and worked with a teacher.

“Doing this has opened my eyes,” said Yeargin who is a mother of a four-year-old. “It makes me aware that when he goes to school I want to help more of those in need.”

City workers make deliveryMayor McAdams (shown here with Spikes, Smithson and city workers Brad Goodlow, Tony Stout and Jerry Weddington) echoes that sentiment. “Next year, we can add sixth, seventh and eighth grades. I know we can do it,” she concluded.