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Matlacha Hookers school supply drive delivers

August 8, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Matlacha Hookers have done it again filled a school room with every conceivable school supply plus a check for $1,070.

Desks were filled with boxes of crayons, stacks of pencil boxes, scissors, #2 pencils, erasers, Expo whiteboard markers, Ziplock bags, glue sticks, Crayola colored pencils, pens, Elmer's glue, loose leaf paper, marbled composition books and a lot more.

Sandra Williams, information specialist at Pine Island Elementary, spearheads the effort.

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Hookers Madam Julia Simpson, center, holds the check for Pine Island Elementary School. On hand for the presentation of the donation and the school suppliers are, from left, Karen McKee, Sandra Williams, Ginny Neff and Linda Gassner.


"Any child that needs supplies gets what they need," Williams said. "Parents can let us know before school starts that their child needs supplies and we'll handle it here at the school."

For the Hookers, the school supply drive begins early in the summer.

"We start to collect school supplies shortly after the school year ends," Hookers Madam Julia Simpson said. "This year we started on June 5th and collected until Saturday, July 28th. As you know this is a very generous island and Pine Island always gives more than you'd expect.

"We have a lot of families on Pine Island struggling to make ends meet," Simpson said. "This pooling of our resources helps the families out by providing the school supplies their children need to be successful in school."

"Sometimes teachers have to buy supplies using their own money," Williams said. "The Matlacha Hookers want to make sure that our Pine Island Elementary teachers and students have the supplies that they need.

"Families will be able to request supplies by filling out a form at the Open House Aug. 8th and the children will receive whatever they need in the first few days of school," Williams said. "This year we're going to try something different. I plan to have 10 pre-assembled bags with school supplies. It's important that no student goes without."

PIE Principal Steven Hook appreciates the help provided by the Hookers, and the residents and businesses on the island.

"The beginning of every school year is a special time as our students and staff return ready for an awesome new year," Hook said. "The supplies and money donated by the Hookers and island community make it even more special. Through their efforts and the island's generous spirit, no child goes without needed supplies for the entire year. We are very grateful for these donations."

"I also want to thank all of the local businesses that participate in the collection of these supplies - businesses located all over Pine Island and Matlacha. Sometimes it takes a community ..." Simpson said.



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