Democratic Women’s Breakfast to support local teachers

Published 4:03 pm Monday, August 28, 2017

This Saturday, September 2, the Polk County Democratic Women will be serving up their big country-style breakfast at the Democratic Headquarters in Columbus from 8 to 10 a.m. For the third time in recent years, the women will be raising money to help our local teachers buy supplies for their classrooms. As always, 100 percent of the money raised will be donated for this purpose, with the Women’s Club paying all the breakfast expenses.

In the last few years, state lawmakers cut funding for school supplies in half. This year, even with a small increase in funding, surveys show teachers will spend an average of $500 to nearly $1,000 a year to stock their classrooms. Governor Roy Cooper, noting that the General Assembly cut the $150/teacher supply stipend from his submitted budget, encouraged North Carolina residents to donate supplies to a statewide drive or to organize locally to help teachers in their communities. The Polk County Democratic Women are happy to do their part for educators in Polk County.  They strongly feel that the cost of adequate supplies should not be coming out of our teachers’ pockets and hope the community will turn out to show their support.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The “First Saturday” breakfasts are a tradition for the Women’s Club and always feature a menu of sausage, egg casserole, fresh fruit, biscuits, and pancakes. For information call Margaret Parker at 828-859-6162.

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– article submitted by Helen Trevathan Clement