MARION -- Thanks to a collaborative effort among multiple churches and businesses, Crittenden County students and their families can cross school supply shopping off their summer "to do" lists.

According to Crystal Wesmoland, Family Resource and Youth Services coordinator, the partnership is helping meet a need faced by many families in the community, as well as provide convenience for both students and teachers.

"We know that school supply shopping can be a costly event," Wesmoland said, "especially in families with multiple students enrolled in our schools. By removing that obstacle, parents are able to focus on other needs and work with their children to prepare them for success."

The following businesses and churches are contributing to this unique initiative: Crittenden County Farm Bureau, Sugar Grove CP Church, Marion Baptist Church, Mexico Baptist Church, Rebecca Johnson Law Office, Marion United Methodist Church, Life in Christ Church, Glenn's Apothecary, Cave Springs Baptist Church, Farmers Bank, First United Bank, Deer Creek Baptist Church, Par-4 Plastics, Heart to Heart Center, Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, and YTG Insurance.

"We are so blessed to live in a community that supports its students and believes in the common goal of preparing all students for success," Wesmoland added.

"We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and humbled by their generous actions."

All school supplies, with the exception of a backpack, will be provided to all students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade on the first day of school.

If you would like to donate or assist with this initiative in any way, contact Wesmoland at 270-965-3525.

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