Books delivered to Purdy students

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
First-grade teacher Chelsea Bennett, left, Purdy Elementary Principal Julie Dalton, middle, and Purdy Superintendent Mindi Gates stand with books purchased by local businesses and delivered to Purdy Elementary School students recently. Contributed photo

Purdy’s preschool through sixth grade students received a surprise in their supplemental education packets this week, thanks to the generosity of several local businesses.

Purdy first-grade teacher Chelsea Bennett wanted to do something to keep her students engaged and reading during Purdy’s wellness break.

“As teachers, we are doing our best to navigate a very difficult situation,” she said. “It’s so hard. We miss our kids. I wanted to find a way to let our students know that they are loved and cared for and to keep their minds active in a fun way.”

After discussing her idea with Purdy Superintendent Mindi Gates and a local business owner, Bennett finalized a plan to purchase three new books for each Purdy Elementary student.

Purdy Elementary Principal Julie Dalton ordered, sorted and packaged the books for distribution.

“It was’ she said. one of the most heartwarming jobs I’ve completed during the wellness break. Just knowing that our businesspeople treasure our students and want to help them through this difficult time brought tears to my eyes as I sorted through their new books.” 

The Purdy Elementary staff wishes to thank the following businesses for their joint contribution of over $5,000 to enable us to put books in every student’s hands: RM Industries; Austin Hammen Trucking; Hayes Heating and Air; White’s Insurance; Farmers Mutual Insurance; Insurance Specialties; Schallert Seed Company; Eagle Logistics; Purdy Farm Center; First State Bank of Purdy; Innovative Natural Solutions; Norm’s Farms; Circle M Cattle Company; Mareth Enterprises and Country Corner.