PARKERSBURG – Seeing a need for healthy food and hygiene products in the neighborhood, the Jefferson Elementary Center launched a Pay It Forward kiosk to help those in need.
Available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, the idea for the booth was born out of a conversation between behavioral disorders teacher Jenna Plumly and Jefferson administrators Jodie Pierotti and Jeni Hopkins.
“We know that there is an important need that we are helping to fill while the school is in session with our Pay it Forward program and we asked ourselves how we can continue to meet that need while we are away for it. ‘summer “, said Plumly. “We strive to maintain a positive and meaningful relationship with our neighbors and families. We felt we had to continue providing support throughout the summer months.
Behavioral disorder staff fill the stand every week with healthy snacks (raisins, oatmeal, canned vegetables), fresh vegetables from the Centre’s garden (fresh green beans and lettuce so far. Along with cucumbers. , squash and tomatoes added after these plants are produced), and hygiene items (toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, antibacterial hand soap, shower gel, deodorant and other supplies).
As part of the Pay It Forward program, Jefferson also has a greenhouse that is available and has over 100 individual tomato, cucumber and green bean plants planted by these students.
School funds were used to purchase the booth and the design and vinyl for the booth was provided by school bus driver Melissa Plumly.
Plumly and his assistants Elise Reynolds and Larry Plumly run the school pantry and garden project with the help of students throughout the year.
“We got a greenhouse and started growing vegetables. You will also see them on the kiosk. So these students are working to get the products out and families can also stop and pick up ”, Jefferson Elementary Center principal Julie Gibson said. “I think it goes along with all of the Jeffersonian climate and culture as we try to serve our children and families as individuals and meet whatever needs they may have. So this learning is much easier.
Donations were made by Murphytown United Methodist Church, Stephenson United Methodist Church, Wood County Democratic Executive Committee, Lowes, Home Depot, Rural King and several individuals.
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