Write this down – Edison Elementary supports Hope Village. On Thursday, three fourth-graders from Edison Elementary School presented Hope Village with a check for $515 that they and a fourth student raised selling pencils.
The girls sold the pencils for .75 each throughout their school and First Class.
“We were thinking about the flood and we thought it would be nice to do,” Marian Arlien, 10, said.
Mariah, Kolee Boser and Abby Hoffarth visited Hope Village to present Pastor Paul Krueger of Our Savior Lutheran and Steve Carbno, the village manager, with the check.
School principal Joy Walker also attended, but Hannah Foss, another fourth-grader who was part of the fund-raising team, wasn’t able to visit.
Walker said the girls came to her with the idea of raising pencils, but the effort got off to a slow start.
“The first batch of pencils said ‘flood flight,’” she said. “We reordered – from a different company.”
The pencils read “Putting the ‘Magic’ back in the Magic City – Minot Flood Fight 2011” and the kids sold them to fellow students, teachers and clubs in the school district.
“Some teachers would buy them for their entire class,” Walker said. “Character Counts bought 95.”
The $515 donated is enough to purchase 206 2-by-4 lumber pieces, or 42 sheets of sheetrock. It takes 35 sheets to refinish an average dining room.
The Village also received 11 pallets of water from the Salvation Army, which will likely be enough to provide its volunteers through the end of September.
Maj. Byron Medlock delivered about 12,000 bottles on Friday, which had been surplus following the Duluth, Minn., floods.
Hope Village Director Pastor Paul Krueger announced two substantial grants from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disaster Response. One, a $20,000 grant, will partially fund the salary of Steve Carbno, Hope Village’s coordinator.
The second grant is earmarked for two new 20-foot dual-zoned refrigeration trailers. Hope Village has experienced mechanical issues with its current units and new “reefers” will ultimately save $3,500 per month in costs.
The Southern Baptists also reiterated its commitment to the recovery efforts to assist disaster victims of Minot and announced it will continue to provide cooking teams when the Hope Village campus returns after a winter hiatus.
The campus itself will winterize beginning in October, but Hope Village’s rebuilding efforts will continue through the North Dakota winter, with its volunteers staying in satellite housing.
Hope Village provides out-of-town volunteer teams with meals and a place to stay as they work to rebuild Minot.