Putnam Rotary Club hosts school
cleaning supplies drive
6 to 9 a.m. Sept. 25 – WINY Radio
And 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at local schools
 Pictured are Dick Loomis on the left and Kristen Willis, the club president, at Pomfret Community School. 
 
To help local schools keep the learning environment safe, the membership of the Putnam Rotary Club put together, “sKOOL AID Supply Drive: A Community Drive for School Cleaning Supplies“ for local public schools.
Kristen Willis, club president, notes the importance of the project, particularly as it relates to the needs of our community in challenging times. “Putnam Rotary’s focus is on serving our local community each and every day in whatever way possible, be it through service, advocacy, or monetary support. Right now, it is our local school systems that need our help,” said Willis.
Rotarian Pam Brown raised the idea to club members after hearing first-hand about what was going to be needed in the classrooms to open schools and keep them running. “This drive is a show of support for our teachers in the classroom, providing them with supplies that will help them keep their classrooms sanitized during the course of the school day,” said Brown.
The collection drive will be spread over two days.
Hand sanitizer (ethanol alcohol only – no methanol alcohol accepted), Clorox or Lysol wipes, mild soap or antibacterial dish soap and paper towels will be collected from 6 to 9 a.m. Sept. 25 in front of WINY Radio and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 in front of several local schools.
Putnam Rotarians will be collecting for public school districts in front of: Putnam Middle School, Woodstock Elementary, the Pomfret Community School and the Thompson Middle School.
In addition to the items, cash donations and checks will be welcomed. Checks should be payable to the school system of choice: Putnam Public Schools, Woodstock Public Schools, Pomfret Community School and Thompson Public Schools. Memo notation on check: sKOOL AID. At the end of the drive, all supplies, cash and checks will be handed over immediately to school personnel.
Willis said, “Thanks to Pam and a committee of fellow Rotarians, I think we’ve come up with a great way to assist with just one of the many challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented and one that will have an immediate impact on our children and our teachers.”
For more information or questions contact Brown at: pbbrown208@charter.net
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