DuBOIS – DuBois Area School District Superintendent Wendy Benton at last week’s board meeting recognized a local business for its efforts to help students in need.
Benton detailed a partnership between the district and Staples and manager Kristy Wood-McMillen.
“She (Wood-McMillen) is the most generous person and continually organizes school supply drives for our students,” Benton said. “At random times throughout the year, she contacts me and says, ‘Wendy, I have more school supplies for the kids and how can I get them to you?’
Benton described the most recent donation as “simply amazing”.
Through the Staples Connect program, Benton said Wood-McMillen brought more than 190 donation boxes of school supplies to students.
“In each box there are various supplies…19 different school supplies in each,” Benton said. “I work with Mr. (Robert) Kriner and of the 190 boxes we received, these were designated to be presented to very special students in our district. In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we are working diligently in our spare time to try to pack 190 of these boxes, then I will give them to Mr. Kriner and he will take them to schools and present them to our students who need help. So we are very, very grateful to Staples and everyone in our community who have contributed to this cause and we promise that these supplies will be in good hands.
Benton also paid tribute to the students in Tony Monella’s class at Juniata Elementary School who wrote, illustrated and published their own book, “Thankful Turkeys Escape…Thanksgiving Dinner.”