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UMW outfits Stafford school with supplies


Students at a North Stafford elementary school will have some brand-new school supplies when they start class Tuesday, thanks to the University of Mary Washington.

 UMW staffers met at the bell tower on the Fredericksburg campus last week to load the supplies in brightly decorated boxes into a van  bound for Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School.

 The campuswide school supply drive was the first of its kind at UMW. It was sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, whose mission is to boost morale of university employees.

Priscilla Sullivan, head of the SAC and organizer of the drive, said she was overwhelmed by the response.

“It’s a great day to be an Eagle,” she said as they packed up the supplies Friday. She plans to hold another drive in January.

 A faculty member at UMW brought the Stafford elementary to the  attention of the committee as one with particular needs.

Dre Anthes, assistant dean of admissions at UMW’s Stafford campus, said that she is excited to have a partnership with surrounding schools.

“We create teachers,” she said. “We’ve had a strong education program for over 100 years.  As an institute of higher education, we have a vested interest in the success of the K–12 education system, and we want to make sure they have the supplies they need to reach their goals.”

The drive was supposed to end Aug. 20, but Sullivan said donations kept coming in, so she decided to extend the drive to the end of the month.

Some departments at UMW were particularly spirited.

The department of admissions and the registrar’s office, both   in Lee Hall, had a contest to see which could donate the most.

Admissions won with 244 items donated and will receive lunch made by the registrar’s office.

Charles Tate, assistant dean of admissions, said the contest was a lot of fun. He’s not sure what their lunch will be. “We hear the registrar makes great mac and cheese,” he joked.

He said  the drive and the lunch allowed the departments to get to know each other and collaborate.

Christy Webb, secretary at Kate Waller Barrett, said the donation “was very exciting.”

She said school officials are grateful for the supplies.

“There were lots of people coming in and bringing supplies,” she said. “Then there were mobs of teachers coming through and picking what they need.  The donation was a pleasant surprise.”

Lindley Estes:  540/735-1976