Newcastle – For the second year in a row, staff at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp in Newcastle have hosted a school supply fundraiser to support local children in the Upton and Newcastle areas.
The event raised more than $414 in donations from both uniform and non-uniform staff, as well as an unknown value of school supplies, for students. Staff members were encouraged to donate either their spare change or to purchase school supplies at their convenience. Members of the Funshine Committee, which is WHCC’s informal staff event committee, spent time in check point at shift change to collect donations.
“The generosity of staff members last year was overwhelming and this year’s donations far exceeded last year’s donations,” Kendra Butler of the Funshine Committee said. “It is great to see so our wonderful staff stepping up to support the needs of our local community.”
The charity drive included good natured rivalry between uniform and non-uniform staff to see who could collect the most donations. Non-uniform staff donated $231.82 while uniform staff donated $182.53.
In addition to the funds raised by staff members, WHCC’s inmate horticulture club members did their own fund raising and the inmates raised $400 from the sale of products to be donated for the drive. The money donated from the inmates was split between the Newcastle and Upton schools, each receiving $200.
“The total raised by staff members and the $400 from the horticulture club was an awesome donation to the local schools,” Butler said. “It insured the children in our communities had new school supplies on the first day of school.”