LANARK – Eastland FFA donated more than $1,500 in school supplies to the Eastland Elementary School with financial support from Compeer Financial, Carroll Service FS, and Ernie Bates and Rhett Coatney- Country Financial.
The idea for a Backpack program was initiated through the Illinois FFA, who received a grant to donate backpacks to all FFA chapters in the state.
The chapters were challenged to fill those backpacks with school supplies to donate to their local elementary schools.
Eastland FFA decided to take this challenge one step further and make a bigger contribution.
Since teachers often spend their own money on supplies, the chapter sought out business donations to assist in the purchase of supplies. They sent out a form to all Eastland Elementary teachers and asked them to list their top six item wish list, then created custom “backpacks” for each of the teachers who responded.
Fifteen Eastland Elementary teachers and teachers from the Carroll County Preschool program received school supplies for the classroom.