Robert Dawson gives $5,000.00 Donation to New Rustburg Elementary Backpack Program
UWCV is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 donation from realtor and Rustburg native, Robert Dawson to expand United Way’s Backpacks for Kids’ Sake into Campbell County with the implementation of the program into Rustburg Elementary School. This program helps provide identified “food insecure” children with a reliable food source on the weekends and the donation will provide backpacksfor the 24 children currently identified in Rustburg Elementary for the remainder of the school year. Robert presented the surprise donation at UWCV’s quarterly Campbell County Advisory meeting on November 10th as a surprise to the Rustburg Elementary administration, Superintendent Robert Johnson and Assistant Superintendent Rob Arnold who were in attendance.
“At Rustburg Elementary, we attempt to meet our students’ needs, educationally and otherwise. With so many families struggling to put food on the table, the backpack program is a huge help. We have students that come to school hungry every day. The two school meals our students receive Monday through Friday helps, but with over 60% of our students in need, hunger is all too prevalent outside of the school day. This is most apparent on Monday mornings and after other school breaks. When children are hungry, it is difficult for them to concentrate and take advantage of the educational opportunities our school offers them. The backpack program helps meet the basic need of adequate food for our neediest students so they can focus on getting a good education and becoming productive citizens. We are so grateful to our community for their support of our school and our students,” Mary Lynne Arnold, Rustburg Elementary principal.
And United Way is grateful, too! Thank you Robert!
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SOURCE: Dawson, Ford, Garbee & Co.