Group donating school supplies

Thomas Garcia

The Ministry of Hope is purchasing school supplies for every Tucumcari Elementary student in Kindergarten through Fifth grade.

“This is our way of helping the local families with the cost of returning to school,” said Ministry Director Doyle Fraiser.

Fraiser said the idea behind the donation is to have the students focus on school work rather than having the right supplies.

“Everyone will have the same school supplies,” Fraiser said.

The current economic state may cause some families difficulty in buying the needed supplies, said Ministry member Elena Grafe.

Grafe said with the donation families can use the saved money to purchase clothes or shoes for the student.

Fraiser said the Ministry was approached by Lowes Supermarket’s General Manager Greg Baldwin to form a partnership to purchase the supplies.

“The supplies have been purchased from local vendors,” Fraiser said. “Once the supplies arrive they will be delivered to the schools.”

Fraiser said several local business have donated to the cost of this program which is $9,000. He said so far they have raised $6,500 and are still seeking donations for the additional cost.

“Our kids need to see that the community is supportive of them,” said Victor Grafe, Ministry member. “We want to use this program to help our youth begin their success story.”

Friaser said this year only Tucumcari students are being helped. He said next year they will work on extending the program to the outlining communities.