PLWC Helps Paragould Students Start Year

Kristie Ford, counselor of Paragoulds Baldwin Elementary School, reacts to the donated supplies. PLWC's Volunteerism Committee makes an annual donation of backpacks and food for local children in need. (Photo by Kimberely Blackburn)

Kristie Ford, counselor of Paragoulds Baldwin Elementary School, reacts to the donated supplies. PLWC’s Volunteerism Committee makes an annual donation of backpacks and food for local children in need. (Photo by Kimberely Blackburn)

by Todd Kelley
Community Journalist

   The Paragould Light Water and Cable (PLWC) Company’s Volunteerism committee provided food and school supplies donated by employees to help area students start the 2016 school year.

   PLWC’s Environmental Services manager Lisa Ellington along with committee members Michael Sims and Greg Adams delivered 108 backpacks and various food items to both Greene County Tech and Paragould School Districts. The items will be dispersed among all students in the district; from kindergarten through 12th grade.

   Greene County Tech Junior High social worker Leslie Stallcup said the teacher-referral process allows targeted help on an as-needed basis. The process allows students and parents to receive the food and school supplies they need, in a way that minimizes the possible discomfort that parents and students may feel.

   “We feed a family and it helps eliminate some of the child’s stress. Kids have enough stress as it is, and you learn better when you are focused on learning,” Stallcup said.

   Ellington said the PLWC Volunteerism Committee has many projects that help feed the hungry. Projects include feeding children in local schools, helping people with meals during the holidays, and helping others in general.

   “It is important that everyone know that the committee is made up of company employees. We receive our funding directly from them, and they set the pace for our charity work. Although more community involvement would be welcome,” Ellington said.

   Anyone interested in volunteering or donating should contact Ellington at(870) 239-7700.

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