BUFFALO — The generosity of a church in the Buffalo Community is enabling the local school to provide new tennis shoes to students who need them.
In a statement released earlier this month, Buffalo Elementary School announced that it had received a donation of 20-30 pairs of shoes from Buffalo United Methodist Church. The press release thanked the church for the donation and stated that students in need of tennis shoes received them and were grateful to have them this winner.
The story, however, doesn’t end there, because since that time the church has donated even more tennis shoes.
On Monday, BES Vice Principal Ashley Reece and Guidance Counselor Anne Peeler announced that the church had made a subsequent donation bringing the total number of pairs of boys and girls tennis shoes it has donated to nearly 100.
“They are all brand new,” Peeler said. “They still had the tags on them.”
“The church members bought the shoes,” Reece said. “They gave them to us that week it was cold. So it was very good because when the children went home they had tennis shoes to play in the snow in.”
Reece and Peeler explained that the tennis shoes are distributed to students who are determined in various ways to be in need of them. They said that in some cases Coach Peeler will see students who don’t have tennis shoes for PE class. In other cases a teacher comes and gets tennis shoes for students in their class that they see need them. In some cases they said other school staff observe a child in need of new tennis shoes and provide them accordingly. They said that so far 15 pairs of tennis shoes have been distributed to needy students at the school.
January’s donation of tennis shoes was not the first time Buffalo United Methodist Church has supported the school and its students.
“They donated school supplies at the start of the year,” Peeler said. “This is the second big donation they’ve made this year.”
Reece and Peeler again thanked Buffalo United Methodist Church for their generosity, saying that the support the church and its members have shown the school and its students is greatly appreciated.
They also thanked Grace United Methodist Church for its generosity, pointing out that over the past two years the church has donated girls coats. They said that coats donated by the church last year were distributed to needy students just before Christmas.
Reece and Peeler said that Buffalo Elementary School is grateful for the support it has received from Grace United Methodist Church as it is for the support it received from Buffalo United Methodist Church.
For more about the support Buffalo Elementary School is receiving from both within and without the Buffalo Community see upcoming editions of The Union Times and online at our website (www.uniondailytimes.com) and our Facebook page.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.