Schoolkids invited to giveaway in Moore Haven on Sunday

MHES aide put together supply drive herself

Schoolchildren in Moore Haven have a special “Back to School Bash” to look forward to this weekend, courtesy of Glades County School District paraprofessional Shon Croskey and a small multitude of like-minded citizens who donated school supplies and cash to her cause.

A resident of Moore Haven and a single mother herself, Miss Croskey said: “I work at the Moore Haven Elementary School as a paraprofessional in the VPK department. Well, I have been doing a back-to-school supply drive, and on Aug. 5, this is where we’re going to be giving away free school supplies to all the grades, kindergarten through 12th grade. We have backpacks, all the supplies you can think of; we have T-shirts; and I’m having a raffle all for gift certificates that I’ve received from different businesses around town.”

Miss Croskey says the event starts at 4:30 Sunday afternoon and will be taking place at the Washington Park Community Center on Gamble Street.

“It started about two years ago,” she said about how she conceived the idea. “I kept saying I wanted to do a back-to-school supply drive, because I’m a single parent, and buying supplies was so expensive … so I got with some of my family members and my friends, and I decided to put on the drive for this year. And it has been a very, I mean a BIG success so far.”

Miss Croskey said she’s even been receiving “packages delivered by Amazon from former Moore Haven residents that used to live here years ago.” She added, “Different people in the community have been reaching out to me, buying stuff. I mean, it’s going to be big. It’s my first year, and it’s going to be a very big success.”

She said she’s entering her second year with the Glades County school system.

Among those Miss Croskey wanted to thank, she said, are: “The BP/Shell station here, which is owned by (Glades County Board Chairman) John Ahern, gave a couple of gift cards, I mean, big gift cards. I got Subway gift cards from Leslie Pryor, and Commissioner (Weston) Pryor gave gift cards. The supervisor of elections, Miss Aletris Farnam, donated supplies. Ms. Patricia Pearce, who’s running for School Board District 5, she brought tons and tons — I mean, loaded my car down — of supplies from her and her husband.

Miss Croskey said she was looking forward to seeing how many children they could help this weekend.

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