FASCO donations benefit local students

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Donations benefit students Backpack programs that benefit students in the Cassville, Exeter, Purdy, Wheaton and Southwest school districts received donations from FASCO and Regal Beloit Corporation on Feb. 27. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Kim Nelson and Kathy Porter, of FASCO; Kristie Preddy, Cassville Primary School counselor; Tim Steeley, Southwest special education teacher; Tony Ball, of Ridgley Baptist Church, which coordinates the program for the Wheaton School District; Tim Jordan, Exeter Elementary School principal; and Mary Hatfield and Vickie Senters, of FASCO. Back row: Oleta Epperly, Evelyn Nicholas and Tracy Roney.

On Feb. 27, FASCO and Regal Beloit Cooperation donated nearly $1,300 to backpack programs offered by five local school districts. The funds were raised by employees at the Cassville plant.

The effort began when Kim Nelson, FASCO customer service representative, proposed the idea of a fundraising campaign to the local plant's human resource staff members.

"I asked them if we could do some fundraising to help area schools," said Nelson.

After receiving positive feedback regarding the idea, Nelson posted a sign-up sheet in the plant asking FASCO employees to join a fundraising committee. She was happily surprised when nine people volunteered to help with fundraising efforts.

The fundraising committee included: Nelson, Rhonda Stafford, Carol Craig, Tracy Roney, Mary Hatfield, Evelyn Nicholas, Kathy Porter, Vickie Senters and Oleta Epperly.

"We have a good committee going," said Nelson. "We held several fundraisers to raise the money."

Fundraisers included a chili cook-off, a bake sale, a 50/50 drawing and a drawing for a Valentine's Day gift basket. In addition to supporting the fundraisers, FASCO employees astonished Nelson by making monetary donations to the fundraising effort.

Due to the success of the program, Nelson asked Regal Beloit Cooperation, FASCO's parent company, if they would be interested in providing a match for the funds raised by the employees. Her request was approved, which brought this year's fundraising total to $1,278.

The funds were divided evenly among the Exeter, Southwest, Purdy, Wheaton and Cassville school districts. The funds will benefit backpack food programs at each of the districts.

The backpack food programs benefit low-income students, who have the opportunity to take a backpack or bag of non-perishable food items home with them each weekend.

The programs are designed to ensure that children, who benefit from the free- and reduced-price lunch programs throughout the school week, receive nutritional meals on Saturday and Sunday.

Nelson said that FASCO plans to continue the fundraising committee and hopes to make additional donations to the local backpack programs in the future.

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