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Dillon Police raise $3,000 for school supplies

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News
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The Dillon Police Department recently teamed up to raise $3,000 for school supplies to be donated to Dillon Valley Elementary.

This is the second year for the program, dubbed Cool 4 School. Officer Joe Staufer founded it after noticing the lack of school supplies was “one area that still needed assistance.” Supplies were stuffed into 60 backpacks Monday at the Dillon Town Hall, and along with several boxes of supplies for teachers, will be presented soon to the school for distribution to underprivileged families.

The money was raised through grants from Walmart, Climax Molybdenum and private community sponsors.

“These supplies place all Dillon Valley Elementary students on a level playing field and ensure necessary tools are attainable to all children while in pursuit of a dynamic learning experience,” Staufer said.

“Our school has grown tremendously mainly due to population movements and popularity of the dual-language program,” Karen Woodrow, the school’s secretary for 18 years said. “This is the largest our school has ever been.”

DVE has 410 students this year, about 40 more than last.

And with the rising cost of school supplies, and the high cost of moving to and living in Summit County, the backpacks are greatly appreciated by parents.

Teachers are alerted the backpacks are there, and if they notice a student is lacking, children are discreetly sent to the office. It makes the kids proud to receive something new, and they love contributing some of the supplies to their classrooms, Woodrow said.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s a big bonus for our school.”

Leftover supplies are offered to Silverthorne Elementary.

“We are grateful of the continued support for these community incentives, even during this period of economic uncertainty,” Staufer said. “This is what makes Summit County special.”

To contribute to next years Cool 4 School event, contact Staufer at the Dillon Police Department at (970) 468-6078.

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