Bonnie Dinges, Kirsten Wise, Zoie Wise, Alex Shearin, Emma Shearin, Kathleen Stump, Abagayle Nelms, Lauren Howell, Jason Stump, Peyton Wise and Rev. Janet Boyd Weidler, congregants of Oakland Christian United Church of Christ, delivered back-to-school supplies to Oakland Elementary School Tuesday.
Bonnie Dinges, Kirsten Wise, Zoie Wise, Alex Shearin, Emma Shearin, Kathleen Stump, Abagayle Nelms, Lauren Howell, Jason Stump, Peyton Wise and Rev. Janet Boyd Weidler, congregants of Oakland Christian United Church of Christ, delivered back-to-school supplies to Oakland Elementary School Tuesday.

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Kids help kids

Published 8:39pm Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Young members of a local church eased the back-to-school burden for needy families after delivering bags of classroom supplies to Oakland Elementary School.

The supplies — 15 bags — were collected during a weeklong vacation Bible school for which 53 children had registered, said Kirsten Wise, coordinator of the mission project.

“The school sends us a school supplies list for each grade,” Wise said. “We put that out to everyone in the church, and that guides what everyone donates.”

Kids who attended the Bible school and participated in the fundraising drive — hauling the supplies through the front door of the school Tuesday — were proud of their efforts.

Abagayle Nelms, 12, a Windsor Middle School student, said she knows students whose families can’t afford to purchase everything they need to be good students.

The church’s efforts will help children “be happy and get an education so they can get a job someday,” she said.

Emma Shearin, a 12-year-old at Windsor Middle School, said, “I think it was really good to collect stuff for them.

“People need stuff. Somebody’s got to give it to them if they don’t have enough money or their parents don’t have a job.”

A King’s Fork Middle School student, 11-year-old Kathleen Stump, said the fundraising effort encapsulated the Bible school’s theme, “treating neighbors how you wish to be treated.”

The Bible school included various other activities. Lauren Hill, 9, who attends Isle of Wight Academy, said she enjoyed creating art, and Zoie Wise, 12, a King’s Fork Middle School student, cited two community service projects.

“We made 100 bagged lunches for homeless people, and one night we went and cleaned the recreation center in East Suffolk,” Wise said.

Peyton Wise, 8, a Hillpoint Elementary student, said she enjoyed making a piñata.

With over 40 percent of its students living below the poverty line, Oakland Elementary School was a worthy target of the church’s efforts, Kirsten Wise said.

The church also raised $523 for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters with a special collection and Sunday lemonade stand.

The lemonade stand was in support of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s LemonAid campaign, which helps raise awareness and funds in the children’s hospital’s fight against cancer.

In 2012, together with a $20,000 gift from Anthem, more than 700 LemonAid stands raised over $81,000 for CHKD’s cancer program, the hospital says.

Janet Boyd Weidler, an intern pastor, said the fundraising and community service activities brought together “all ages and different groups within the church.

“It was a collective, community effort (with) everybody sharing their different talents.”

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