Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

De Soto Multi-Service Center prepares for school year

July 20, 2006

The girl who brought her stepbrothers and best friend Monday to the De Soto Multi-Service Center came by her community service naturally.

"She's Sharon Price's granddaughter," De Soto Multi-Service Center coordinator Jodi Hitchcock said of Karly Price. "This is in her blood."

Price was the coordinator of the center before her, Hitchcock explained.

The younger Price, her stepbrothers Michael and Robert Kirk and friend Amanda Melrose were at the center Monday sorting school supplies given to the center from the metropolitan area charity Project SOS, Hitchcock said. The four youngsters put the different articles in bins and started placing one of each in backpacks provided by an anonymous donor.

The supplies will be made available next month to all school children in De Soto USD 232 who qualify for free or reduced lunches, Hitchcock said.

The four youngsters were seasoned at their organizing chores, having helped at the same task a year ago, Hitchcock said.

"We like to help," Melrose said.

"We like to go swimming, so we can come down here and help out and then go swimming," Price said.

Before the start of the 2004 school year, the center gave out a record 299 backpacks, Hitchcock said. She estimated the center had about 350 on hand this year. Any excess packs would be made available to Gardner residents, she said.

The center still needs donations of certain back-to-school items, Hitchcock said.

Her top-10 list includes:

  • Wide-rule loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Wide-rule spiral notebooks
  • Notebook dividers (at least five subjects)
  • Three-ring dividers (1/2-inch and 1-inch)
  • Two-pocket folders with three holes
  • Washable thick markers
  • Washable thin markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Sealable freezer bags (quart and pint)
  • Pointed-edge scissors

Those wishing to donate the items are asked to call Hitchcock at (913) 583-1152.

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