Donation drive yields supplies for local elementary school

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 28, 2015

WARREN — City employees, local businesses and private citizens have come together to resupply students at Warren’s Carlson Elementary School.

Students, parents, teachers and the school’s principal were at Warren City Hall on Oct. 20, where they took delivery of a bounty of binders, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, glue and other classroom items, collected over the last month through a cooperative effort.

“On behalf of the city of Warren, we’re proud to donate all these great school supplies to your students,” Mayor Jim Fouts said. “This is really a collaboration between the city of Warren and various businesses in the city of Warren. Of course, the public has donated as well.”

Fouts said Wal-Mart also gave each teacher a gift card that can be used to purchase additional classroom items.

Carlson Elementary School Principal Tricia Huey said the school typically enrolls 540-560 students, making it the largest elementary facility in the Van Dyke Public Schools district.

“We have a high-needs population. We’re always looking for assistance and support with, especially, school supplies,” Huey said.

This is the third year the city of Warren has hosted a drive to collect school supplies at City Hall. Fouts, a retired teacher, said this year’s effort doubled last year’s donations.

“It’s a winning situation for everybody,” Fouts said. “It’s almost like a little precursor to Christmas, where you get a different kind of gift. Now you get the best gift of all, and it’s called preparation for the future with a good education.”

Huey agreed with the mayor’s assessment.

“It is. It’s like Christmas in October,” she said. “Thank you very much.”

A group of students from Carlson’s kindergarten through fourth-grade classrooms attended the presentation. The school serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade.