Coleman Country Together reached its goals for the 2021-2022 school year – helping families defer expenses and get their children ready for a successful school year. How was this accomplished? Through the incredible outpouring of support from individuals, businesses, community churches and civic organizations in Coleman County.
Donna Phillips, founder of Coleman County Together said it best, “The CCT goals for this school year were accomplished thanks to the generosity and commitment of literally hundreds of people who live in our county. Donations of money, time, products and services exceeded our expectations. After such an uncertain school year last year, we’re happy so much was accomplished leading up to the beginning of this school year. We asked and our community delivered! Such generosity and support has made an impact that we hope made a difference to every family that benefitted from the CCT program.”
CCT’s program was two-fold: Providing identified supplies for the schools that would have otherwise been purchased by families for their school-age children, and the Back-to-School Bonanza event at the Bill Franklin Center for families to receive a variety of free services, blessings and prayers from area churches, and drawings for door prizes.
The supplies that were distributed to Coleman, Panther Creek and Santa Anna ISDs, and Cumbria Academy in Talpa, included: writing pencils for all students, hearing devices to be used with on-line teaching and educational modules, cleaning wipes and tissues to help maintain cleanliness and sanitation protocols for individuals and classrooms. School supplies, totaling $10,000, were purchased through generous monetary donations from individuals, businesses, churches and civic organizations.
The Coleman County Youth Activities Center board of directors donated the space for the Back-to-School Bonanza held on July 31st. Fifty-two volunteers were on hand to help with the activities throughout the Franklin Center. The Bonanza event included:
- 42 vision screenings by the local Lions Club.
- 12 dental screenings provided by Dr. Rock Bryant, DDS, Santa Anna.
- 28 UIL eligibility physicals and two D.O.T. physicals for school bus drivers. The medical team that helped with physicals included: Peggy Hensley, FNPc, Lori Preston, RN, Retired, Jane Souza, Hensley Clinic; Macey Knight, PAC, Hendrick Clinic, Early; Dr. Valerie Miller, PhD, Aprn, FNPc, Raquel Hernandez, RN, Patty Hanks, FNP student at Shelton School of Nursing; Amanda Ellerbe, LVN SAISD, Santa Anna.
- First United Methodist Church and Jane and Mark Price served up 160 pulled-pork sliders, chips and ice cream for lunch.
- First responders from Coleman and Glen Cove showed off fire trucks and safety equipment.
- Organizations participating with informational tables along with give-away goodies included: 4H – healthy eating tips, Leaday Baptist Church - free haircuts; Big Country Area Health Education, Knights of Columbus, First Baptist Church Santa Anna, First Baptist Church Coleman, Hordes Creek Cowboy Church, Cornerstone Community Action Agency, Coleman County Retired Teachers, Gideons, First United Methodist Church, Coleman County Library, Santa Anna Teachers, City of Coleman Police Department.
- Donations for the door prizes were given by local businesses: Bonneville, Blessed Mess, Owl Drug, Don Luis, Parker Goods, and through anonymous donations.
Everything CCT accomplished would not have been possible without volunteers who began with planning early in the year as well as those who provided support and services at the Back-to-School Bonanza. The board and planning committee included: Donna Phillips, CCT founder; Myrtie and Scott Beaver; Debbie Davis; Barbara Evans; Kristi Harrod; Margaret (Peggy) Hensley; Kim Little; Glynda Phillips; Jane and Mark Price; Connie True.
For information and to become involved, please contact Donna Phillips at 325.636.3416.