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New program helps needy kids get school supplies

by Rosemarie Middendorf

A new and exciting program is being introduced in Douglas County. The program known as “Project School Days” was recently established through the efforts of Alis Nalder and Marilyn Malkmus, co-chairwomen, with approval from Pendery Clark, superintendent of Douglas schools.

The purpose and goal of Project School Days, an on-going program, is to make sure that every Douglas County child has all the personal school supplies they need. Some children in Douglas County elementary and middle schools can’t afford all the necessary materials for school work and special projects.

“This program will provide materials to the teachers so they can confidentially provide these materials to kids in need,” said Malkmus.

The community is being asked to support this non-profit organization through the efforts of service clubs, businesses, organization, churches, youth groups and individuals by donating materials, time and/or money. A large variety of items, from pencils, rulers, index cards to dictionaries, as well as physical education shirts and shorts, are always needed. Individuals or groups may choose to provide for one individual or purchase an item in bulk and provide for several individuals. The only gift too small is no gift at all.

The program will kick off with a “Drive-By Book Drive” to be held on Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the driveway of the Carson Valley Middle School at 1475 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Residents are asked to look through their closets and bookshelves for new or gently used children’s books (fiction, non-fiction, technical, scientific) and video or audio tapes that would be suitable for grades kindergarten through 9th. They will be sorted and delivered to the school librarians for the students’ use.

Teachers will make their classroom requests for the new school year at the end of August. Items not collected will be purchased with the monetary donations.

Contributions may be mailed to Project School Days at P.O. Box 5438, Gardnerville, 89410 or contact Alis Nalder at 782-8131 or Marilyn Malkmus at 782-4931 for further information.

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