School is out! That means the Matlacha Hookers have started their annual summer school supply drive. Again this is when the generosity of our island residents begin to shine.
There are still many families on Pine Island struggling to make ends meet, so we want to pool our resources and help out. Hooker Board Member Cindee Tolliver said, "With the price of gasoline, food and school clothes, one thing families have difficulty with is making sure their children have needed school supplies each year."
And the Matlacha Hookers want to help and ease that burden a bit.
The following is a list of items, supplied by our island teachers, that the children may need upon entering school: Backpacks (no wheels), pencils boxes, scissors (blunt tip), #2 pencils, large pink rectangular erasers, cap erasers, Whiteboard markers (fine tip), glue sticks, colored pencils, red, blue, and black pens, red pencils with erasers, Elmer's glue, wide-ruled loose leaf paper, marbled composition books, spiral notebooks in all sizes, rulers, Crayola crayons, yellow hi-lighters, 3 x 5 index cards, Expo markers (dry eraser), pocket folders in all colors, Kleenex with aloe, fun stickers, Scotch tape, Ziplock Bags (all sizes), Handiwipes/Lysol disinfectants, 3-ring binders (2 inch and 3 inch).
Thank you to those businesses who have offered to take a drop off container:
MATLACHA: Trader's Hitching Post, The Perfect Cup, Post Office, Sandy Hook, Old Fish House and Barnhills.
CENTER: P.I. Methodist Church, P.I. Community Church, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 1st Baptist Church, Bank of America, Stonegate Bank, Capitol Bank, Lilly's Deli, P.I. Library, Elks.
BOKEELIA: Captain Con's, Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, Pine Island Community Swimming Pool.
ST. JAMES CITY: Low Key Tiki, Woody's, Waterfront Restaurant, VFW, Moose, American Legion, The Island Grill, Winn-Dixie.
Collection boxes are being distributed and the scheduled final pick-up will be Aug. 1, being that school begins Aug. 8.
If you would like to make a monetary donation or have any questions, please call Karen McKee at 218-2123 or Cindee Tolliver @ 283-4040.