Darren Doyle, story and photos
Blistering temperatures and high humidity didn't seem to keep very many away from the 9th Annual Cram The Cruiser school supply drive today in Brownsville, as today's event set an all-time record of over $1300 in cash in addition to the school supplies.
"Part of the money will be used locally to purchase necessary items for our centers," said Jamie Carnes, Edmonson County Supervisor of Federal and State Programs. "The rest will be sent to "Stuff The Bus" and we'll get double that back later, maybe even triple on some things."
Family Resource Center Coordinator Lisa Sanders said the purpose of the event is to replenish school supplies that are needed each school day for Edmonson County students. "We make sure these supplies go to absolutely anyone who needs them, from a pencil or notebook, to fully stocked backpacks. We serve all the students of Edmonson County."
She said some students aren't able to purchase any supplies for the start of the school year but the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers can supply those needs, thanks to Cram the Cruiser. "These donations keep us from having to spend money in an already tight budget and should last for the entire year," she said.
Community Education Director Lisa Whobery was excited to see that last year's total of $700 had already been passed up by lunch time. "We rocked it out today," she said. "And it's extremely important for the people of Edmonson County to know that yes, we're taking all this to Stuff the Bus, but when we come back to get all of our portion, it will be doubled, and some of it tripled."
Whobery discussed the great need that some local students have. "It's so hard when you see some kids that don't have as much as others. We want everyone to have a level playing ground, so this helps us with that and it touches my heart," she said.
KSP Public Affairs Officer B.J. Eaton who helped with the event, along with the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and Brownsville Police, said it's all about finding ways to help kids. "There are Edmonson County kids that show up to school and they don't have everything they need. Cram the Cruiser allows those kids to have those things and that's what it's all about."
Trooper Eaton also noted that KSP and other law enforcement agencies enjoy events like Cram the Cruiser because it allows kids to see the fun and friendly side of law enforcement, something that many people say is a must in today's times. "Sometimes kids see officers in a negative or intimidating way and this lets them see us in a positive light. They can come out here and joke around with us, we show them our cars, and just have a good time with everyone. It's an added bonus to an event like this."
The Family Resource and Youth Service Centers wish to thank: