Hoffman Estates Temple donates school supplies to area students

Members of the Beth Tikvah congregation at Hoffman Estates donated over 1,000 school supplies to students at Palatine Elementary School District 15 and Perry Elementary School in Carpentersville.

Worshipers brought the donations to the annual temple picnic on August 14, and the items were organized and delivered to schools by members of the temple advocacy committee.

Donations included 100 boxes each of pencils, markers and colored pencils; 500 pencils; 200 pens; 200 spiral notebooks; 100 folders, reams of paper, construction paper and lined paper; dozens of backpacks; and 50 boxes of Kleenex, hand sanitizer and wet wipes.

In addition, temple members provided new boys ‘and girls’ underwear, socks, sweatshirts, and flannel shirts.

Social Action Committee co-chair Becky Fiedler said her car was so filled with donated backpacks that they spilled out when she opened her trunk.

The District 15 coordinator told Fiedler that she was delighted to be able to invite the students to come “shop” among the donated supplies.

The reaction was similar at Perry Elementary School, where Beth Tikvah’s co-principal, Mandy Thalhammer, works as a teacher. Social Action Committee co-chair Juliet Shavitz said teachers seemed especially excited about all of the pencil boxes donated.

In the past, the Beth Tikvah Social Action Committee has donated school supplies to WINGS and Maryville Academy. However, this is the first time that the temple has organized a collection of school supplies for local public schools.

Beth Tikvah’s social action committee organizes various activities to help people in the community. He fulfills the command of Tikun Olam (to mend the world) and practices G’milut Chasadim (to do acts of kindness).

For more information, visit www.beth-tikvah.org/social-action-committee.

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