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  • Alumni continue to help homeless students

  • A group of Independence School District alumni are once again coming together to help children in the community.



    The Independence School District Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser for homeless children in the school district this weekend.

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  • A group of Independence School District alumni are once again coming together to help children in the community.
    The Independence School District Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser for homeless children in the school district this weekend.
    The day-long event begins with breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy and coffee or juice. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.
    Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu is spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and coffee or tea. Tickets are $8 for adults and includes dinner and entertainment. Bill Smyth, Robin Blubaugh and Lynn Toms will be singing, which begins at 7 p.m. For those who want to come only for the show, tickets are $5.
    All events are in the lower level of the Masonic Lodge, 120 S. Pleasant St. Proceeds will go to the Independence School District Foundation and clothing donations will go to Tabitha’s Closet.
    “Everything the ISD Alumni Association does to provide assistance to the homeless students falls under three categories - clothing, monetary and necessities,” said Cecil Ray Taylor, with the ISD Alumni Association. “For clothing goals, we turn to Norma Tibbetts of Tabitha’s Closet to let us know what is needed at our next event. So, clothing goals are always changing to reflect current needs. The same is true for necessities. John Trammel, director of family services for the Independence School District, lets us know what the needs are. Money is always as much as we can raise at any given event.”
    Taylor said the effort began in November 2011 when the alumni association was “shocked” to learn that there were more than 500 homeless students in the district. During the 2011-12 school year, 930 students received some sort of assistance because of their living situation. He said it was important for the alumni to come together to make a difference.
    “The Independence School District has many ways of helping these students, and they do a splendid job. The alumni association felt like our help might fill some gaps,” he said. “We work with the district as just another member of the team trying to lessen the impact of the current economic plight of our neighbors.”
    Since the alumni association began helping, about $2,500 has been donated to the school district’s foundation. Taylor said the most important thing is to get the community out so more can be done to help students in need.
    “Donors are pleased because they help the homeless students, we are happy because our efforts assists the donors to help the homeless students, and the ISD Foundation does the actual implementation of the assistance,” he said. “So, the homeless students are happy because they are better off. All proceeds from our efforts goes to the ISD Foundation at zero cost to the foundation. So, even the foundation can be happy about the alumni association’s efforts. That is why I think the community is happy and that equals fun for the community.”
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