(04/1519) The local community is coming together to help students and staff at Boley Elementary after a fire destroyed their school Saturday night.
“I know this is a huge setback for those teachers who have invested their time and lives for these kids,” Keri Rogers said.
Rogers works at a local veterinarian clinic. She was one of many residents that dropped off school supplies to the West Monroe City Hall.
In just a matter of hours, the front lobby turned into a school supply warehouse. Even businesses, rendered their support.
“I don’t currently have any children that work at Boley. Mrs. Bates is a good member of ours that comes through every week for Boley Elementary School,” Shannon Taylor, Marketing Team Leader with Sam’s Club in Monroe said.
“We have some employees at Sam’s Club that do have children that go there,” Taylor added.
Local officials say they’re going to do whatever they can to support the school. Janet Durden, President of United Way Northeast Louisiana, says while the need for school supplies is great, there are other specific essentials too broad to put into a list.
“So what is really needed is gift cards,” Durden said.
With the gift cards, teachers are able to purchase the necessary supplies for their specific classroom.
“The average person wouldn’t know what do they use to teach earthquakes or science classes or the most current reading tools,” Durden said.
The school also kept a clothes closet. After the weekend fire destroyed everything, the school wardrobe needs to be fully restocked with brand new items like boys and girls underclothes, socks, pants and closed toe shoes.
There are 230 students from Pre-K to 5th grade. WIth the support from people near and far, many believe students will have enough to start back to school on Tuesday.
“From the looks of the supplies, it looks like they already have a great jumpstart,” said Courtney Horsnby, Chief of Staff at the Mayor’s Office said.
Here’s a list of what to get:
1) School supplies for 230 Boley Students Grades Pre-K through 5th:
- Packs of markers and crayons
2) Supplies for the 15 Classrooms
- Gift cards for purchasing specific educational classroom teaching tools
- Reams of letter size copt paper
3) School clothes closet (must be new items)
- Little girl panties
- Little boy underwear
- Jeans (boy and girl)
- Shorts (boy and girl)
- Tennis shoes
Below is a list of drop off locations for purchased school supplies:
- West Monroe City Hall, 2305 N. Seventh St., West Monroe
- United Way of Northeast Louisiana, 1201 Hudson Lane, Monroe
- Louisiana Tech University College of Education, 305 Mayfield Ave., Ruston
- Monroe Chamber of Commerce, 212 Walnut St., Suite 100, Monroe
Origin Bank near West Monroe City Hall has set up an accounty for those who would like to deposit a financial donation. KBMQ radio station will match funds up to $17,500.
For more information about how you can help contact the West Monroe City Hall.