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Community donations support students in need

Community donations support students in need

By Sara Escobar
Correspondent

Navy Federal Credit Union and the Harker Heights fire department partnered together with the public to donate school supplies to an elementary school in need. On Tuesday, August 16, multiple bags filled with glue sticks, notebooks, crayons and binders were delivered to Harker Heights Elementary School on S Ann Boulevard. The school has been in operation for over 50 years, yet donations like these never fail to make a lasting impact on the students and faculty.
“When you give a child a sharp new pencil or a brand new notebook, they walk a little taller and have a higher sense of pride in their self,” said Principal Carolyn Dugger, who’s been at the school since 2002. “By giving them new supplies, we teach these children that it’s their responsibility to take care of it. It helps build character and responsibility, and the world always needs more of that,” Dugger said.
Navy Federal reached out to the fire department earlier this summer in hopes to contribute back to the community. School supplies was gathered at the bank for over two weeks before bringing it to the fire department, who helped distribute it to the school.
“Our cliental is unique because they are directly affiliated with the military,” said branch manager Allison Munden. “We serve where they serve, and this is just a small token of gratitude to show how appreciative we are to the community,” Munden says.
Their efforts certainly don’t go unnoticed. “It’s such a blessing,” says Jennifer Bolden, a third grade teacher at the school. “It builds a cooperative bond between the business and educating world, and it changes the entire dynamic between the teachers and students,” said Bolden.
For firefighter Jacob Cordona, helping others is just another benefit of the job. “Kids always need someone to look up to, and that’s who we strive to be. Working for the city always keeps you involved in current events—there are so many programs that allow us to give back and show thanks,” said Cordona, who’s been with the fire department for almost nine years.
The supplies donated to the school will be available for students who qualify to receive it during meet the teacher week.

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