‘Pack the Bus with Hope’
In response to the dramatic needs of West Virginia communities ravaged by recent flooding, the Rappahannock County Public Schools staff and others, including the Rappahannock County High School Student Council Association, are sponsoring a “Pack the Bus with Hope” goodwill mission this week.
“This drive doesn’t take huge amounts of money or time — it takes an open heart and willing hands, and the people of this county are famous for both,” said Chester Gap VFD’s Chris Ubben, who is also the Wakefield district’s school board representative.
Through tomorrow (Friday, July 8) at RCHS, there will be a school bus parked in the student lot, the bus serving as a central drop-off location for the community to place donations for flood victims. The items will be transported this weekend to areas of need. Ubben said the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and the Chester Gap VFD are also collecting and storing items for the drive.
Items needed include household cleaning supplies such as buckets, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, rubber gloves, brushes, bleach, mops and push brooms, filtration masks, trash bags, paper towels and boxes or tubs to hold these items. Personal hygiene items are also needed such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, face and baby wipes and chapstick. Bottled water is also being accepted.
Items may be placed anytime on the seats in the bus, which will be unlocked. All items are requested to be new and in original packaging and donors are asked to please not bring any perishable items. All items will be picked up for delivery to West Virginia residents on Friday evening.
WCDS’ ‘Keep Virginia Beautiful’ grant
Keep Virginia Beautiful awarded “30 Grants in Thirty Days” last month, and one of them went to Wakefield Country Day School, for the school’s recycling project.
The Flint Hill school wants to educate its faculty and students about the positive effects recycling has on the environment; their goal is to reduce waste by starting a student-run single stream recycling program. Funds from the Keep Virginia Beautiful grant will be used to purchase large recycling receptacles to place in the school.