When school is out for the summer, the last thing most students think of is when it will commence again. Instead most students think about all the activities they can do during these lazy days of summer. This past summer, some high school students spent their days working part time jobs, swimming with friends, or traveling with their families. However, rising Colonial Beach High School senior Taylor Lee spent her summer collecting. No, she wasn’t collecting seashells at the beach, but rather, Lee spent her time organizing a donation drive for back to school supplies for area students.
Lee says that she was inspired to start this drive because she heard lots of students and teachers talking about the lack of supplies at school. So, Lee began the collection process by getting local churches and businesses to agree to be donation spots for her collection boxes (which by the way, she decorated quite attractively). In order to get the word out that she was collecting school items, she put together flyers and sent out emails. Lee returned several times to each collection station to collect the donated items. She also organized all of the collection items for dispersal to schools in both Colonial Beach and Westmoreland.
Lee was pleased at the outpouring of support that was evidenced by the number of supplies she was able to collect and donate to area students. Lee says the community really came together and helped out. She is happy to say that the number of supplies collected will definitely help those in need. In particular, Lee is grateful to the following for allowing her to house donation boxes at their establishments: BB&T, Bowie’s Hardware, Food Lion, Hall’s Supermarket, Ledo’s Pizza, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Papa John’s, Rankins True Value, Tanglez Hair & Tan Studio and Union First Market Bank.
Lee is an honor student at Colonial Beach High School and has been a leading member of both the cheerleading and softball teams. She participates in many school activities like yearbook and keeping score for basketball. She is also active in the SCA, DECA, gymnastics, and Girl Scouts.
She is considering attending ODU or JMU and plans to major in nursing. She also hopes to continue this kind of work in college. Lee says she wants to move forward with the project in college and hopes that by engaging the campus she will get more people involved, make the project even bigger, and the results greater.
While she is making big plans for her future at college, she also hopes to continue to collect school supplies this year so that she can replenish needed items in January. Lee hopes that people will realize that doing a little can result in a lot and that it will show people how fortunate they are. Lee commented, “It sure did show me that I have it very good and to appreciate every little thing I have!”
If anyone is interested in contributing to her effort, they can contact her at: HelpLocalKidsGoBack2School @gmail.com
Thanks Taylor. We are sure that the local students and staff appreciate the many pencils, glue sticks, erasers, packages of paper, etc. that you collected and donated. Thanks for helping to make this school year start off on the right foot for so many.