Dadeville Chamber of Commerce and Tallapoosa County School Board members Michael Carter and Karen White, left, presented school supplies and a $500 check to Principal Chris Hand and Vice Principal Pamela Holloway, right, and student office workers at Dadeville High School. | Alison James

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Chamber fills the bus

Published 12:25pm Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Dadeville Chamber of Commerce treated Dadeville schools yesterday to boxes of pencils, paper, crayons, binders and other school supplies – the results of a two-month campaign to Fill the Bus.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Karen White, chamber president. “I think the principals were pleased to have someone think about them.”

White, along with chamber Vice President Michael Carter and chamber Executive Administrator Betty Litsey, took the supplies to Dadeville Elementary, Councill Middle School and Dadeville High School, and they were met with excitement and thanks from students and administration.

“This is a nice treat for Halloween,” said Chad McKelvey, DES principal, amidst cries of “Cool! Colored pencils!” from first grade students digging into the boxes of supplies.

Carter said although he wishes they could have collected even more, he thought it was good for a first-time effort.

“We were really happy with the way that went. It’s always good when you can take stuff to the schools,” Carter said. “I think the teachers and kids were very appreciative of what we had done.”

White said they wanted to thank the community for being so generous in donation of supplies as well as monetary contributions – each school also received a $500 check.

“The looks on the kids’ faces were worth a million dollars,” White said.

CMS Principal Melanie McKinney said she was overwhelmed by the donation.

“It’s just going to help a lot,” McKinney said. “There are a lot of beautification projects that we’re working on … and this is a start.”

DHS Principal Chris Hand said he plans to make all teachers aware of the donation so they can help fill students’ needs for notebooks, pens and paper.

“I think it was very nice and very much appreciated,” Hand said. “I’m just very thankful.”

The chamber is planning to do similar project at Reeltown and Horseshoe Bend School.