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Legion donates supplies to PIE teachers

August 16, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Tuesday morning, Aug. 8, several members of the Pine island American Legion Post #136 arrived at Pine Island Elementary school to deliver boxes of school supplies for the teachers.

The American Legion, The Auxillary, The Sons of the American Legion and the Riders, along with Commander Tom Lewis and Don Barber, worked to get donations to put supply packages together to present to each grade level teacher.

"The Legion gathers supplies every year," said Melissa Meyers, Auxiliary education chairman. "This year with the help of Bev Young we thought it would be nice to gear the supplies towards things the teachers would need, since many other organizations have given supplies geared for student needs."

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Supplies for PIE?teachers

Representatives of the American Legion and Pine Island Elementary School, above, on hand for the presentation of supplies for the island school’s teachers included, from left, Linda Gassner, Susie Bailey, Wayne DeMeyere, Sandra Williams, Steve Hook, Claudine Alvarez, Melissa Meyers and Bev Young.

"I am very proud to say that everyone at the Legion: Commander Tom Lewis, the Sons of the American Legion, Riders of the American Legion, the Auxiliary and post members all worked together to raise this much for school supplies," Auxiliary president Claudine Alvarez said.

Meyers and Auxiliary member Susie Bailey went shopping for the supplies for each classroom bag.

Donations came from each of the Legion's family groups: the Legion, the Auxiliary, the Sons of the Legion (led by Commander Mike Nigbor) and The Riders (led by director Tim Young) have been donated to an education fund to continue to help the school with additional supplies during the school year.

"Working closely with our teachers, and for the benefit of our children, is always a program we enjoy being part of and participating in," Meyers said.

"It takes an island to make a great island school, and this year is no exception," Principal Steven Hook said. "The American Legion Auxiliary generously donates supplies every year for teachers to kick-off the new school year. The Auxiliary is very supportive of our school and continues their generosity throughout the year. I can't tell you how much the staff appreciates the support they show Pine Island Elementary."

The Pine Island American Legion Post 136 was founded in 1980. Its focus is on service to veterans, their families and their community.

"Supporting the local community, and especially Pine Island Elementary, is something we love doing every year," Alvarez said.



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