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Local grade school presented with needed supplies

March 11, 2020
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

On Wednesday, March 4, members of the American Business Women's Association of Lehigh presented Lehigh Elementary with a variety of school supplies and clothing items needed by the school in an attempt to meet help its students.

Ody Eire, a local business owner and member of the American Business Women's Association, spearheaded the supply donation.

"My daughter and son both went to Lehigh Elementary back in the '90s and now my grandchildren go here. I went to a school function in November and began speaking with a teacher who mentioned that they were in real need of supplies," Eire said.

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Lehigh Elementary student ambassadors.


Eire went to fellow members of the American Business Women's Association of Lehigh and suggested that the organization help meet the school's needs.

"We are a non-profit but normally not a giving charity. We raise money to provide scholarships to women and high school students who want to further their education. We were allotted $200 to use towards the school's supplies. When I got the list from the school, it contained not only supplies such as crayons, rulers, pencils and paper, but clothing items as well," Eire said.

According to Eire, the list included shirts, shoes, underwear, and shorts. In total, she and fellow members presented about $600 worth of supplies to the school.

"I went out and ended up buying 17 pairs of shoes, 3, 16 packs of pants, 5, 6 packs of erasers, 15 packs of pencils, 6 packs of boys underwear and 4, 14 packs of girls underwear, 13 boys tops, 12 boys shorts, 6 backpacks and 6 pairs of scissors. It's special to me and to all of us who live the community, so we thank you for all that you do for our kids," Eire said.

Members of the organization were welcomed by the school's staff including: Principal Sherri Wipf, Vice Principal Jennifer Lusk, Counselors Jannelle Sparrow and Katherine Trespasso, Parent Involvement Specialist Nora Martin and the school's student ambassadors.

According to Lusk, the supplies will go to families that need extra help.

"We have students moving from other states and countries and they may not have the right clothing for our area. Some families just need a little extra TLC and support," Lusk said.

Lusk also pointed out that many schools in Lee's East District are in need of the same type of assistance.

Sparrow thanked the organization for their love and support.

Eire hopes that this will help get the word out to the community about the needs of these schools.

"We want to let the community know that many students in our schools need help. They are in need of more than just school supplies. They need clothing and shoes and other types of things," Eire said.

Lehigh Elementary houses students pre-K to 5th grade and is at 200 Schoolside Drive, phone (239) 369-2477

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