New Record Set For Annual Fundraising Event
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Staff and volunteer members for Edmonson County Schools bore the heat today as they sorted through a steady stream of supplies and donations generously gifted from the community at the 2021 Cram The Cruiser event, held today in both Chalybeate and Brownsville.
Unofficial totals for this year were well over $5,000 in cash donations (a new record), on top of boxes full of school supplies that will be distributed throughout the schools in Edmonson County.
School officials say that CtC, sponsored by local law enforcement and community businesses and organizations, is necessary because it helps level the playing field for many students that don't always have the supplies they need to help them become successful in school.
"This goes to our kids, right here in Edmonson County, and distributed equally throughout our local schools," said Morgan Esters, Youth Service Center Coordinator. "Everything we've collected today and throughout the rest of the week will stay right here. It's a huge help to our kids all year round."
Kentucky State Police, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, and Brownsville Police parked their cruisers in two locations today, the Brownsville Family Dollar and the Chalybeate Dollar General Store, with hopes of filling them up with supplies. It was a chore loading all of it up and hauling back to schools for sorting, but no one was complaining while packing it all up.
"It was so good to be able to have more of a normal-type of event this year, compared to all the restrictions we faced last year," Esters said. "To be able to see people's faces and have them stop by and talk to us was great. Also having Pelican's Snoballs, who donated a portion of their sales, come out today was a big hit. Yes, it was hot today, but it's always worth it when you talk about kids in Edmonson County."