We had plenty of school supplies thanks to many hands who hunted and gathered them for me!Special thanks to Pat Folk, Louise Dotterrerr, Doris Heim, Martha Metz, and Lois Schultz! These woman were incredible at finding the deals! Back in May Aunt Louise and Aunt Doris each went to their local Wal-Marts and found $9 backpacks for $1!!! Needless to say - they snagged all they could and we have plenty for next year too! That was a HUGE load off of me as that is the one thing that costs the most and I have to hunt around for! It was such a blessing not to have to lug Drew all over creation to find backpacks for the kids!!! Thank you so much!! The other ladies went to Staples and Wal-Mart and got other much needed school supplies. I really only made two shopping trips this year because we were so well stocked from last year. God knew we would be having a baby this year and I wouldn't have the time - or energy! - to put into the shopping aspect of things. He is so good to me! Thank you ladies for your hard work and love for the kids we work with!
I think the kids had a great time! They seemed pleased with all they got which included: 1 backpack, 5 folders, 2 packs of loose-leaf paper, 2 spiral-bound notebooks, 2 composition books, Crayola broad tip markers, Crayola fine tip markers, Crayola pencils, Crayola crayons (24 pk), 2 glue sticks, 1 white glue, 1 ruler, 1 pencil sharpener, 2 packs of pencils, 1 pack of pencil top erasers, 1 pair of scissors, 1 pack of index cards, 2 pink erasers, and 1 pencil box! Each kid earned it! They worked hard and did well. I think it was our best year yet!
On a personal note - Daniel earned top points earner with a helper! He can't read yet so he needed help. A volunteer would read the story to him, ask him the questions, and then write his answers down for him. He did well! Sarah also earned an overall Fruit of the Spirit Award for Great Focus! She also did well. Matt was too old to participate but volunteered. He did well in stepping out of his comfort zone and worked with little kids reading books to them and helping them answer the questions. Even though he has younger siblings - he doesn't enjoy working with young kids. But I'm proud of the fact that he tried it this summer and found that God can use him even when he isn't comfortable with the task! Drew just hung around with Daddy looking cute most days!
Whew - it's done! I can now relax - right? Probably not! But at least my biggest ministry commitment is done for the year. Now to work on next year!