To the editor:
To all of our faithful contributors at the Burnsville Senior Center: How many of you can dial your memories back to 1999?
With the help of our senior center coordinator, Michele Starkey, we approached Fay Finn of Burnsville High School, and she had students “build” a cute little yellow school bus for we seniors to collect articles the schools could send in for money to buy supplies that might not be covered in the regular school budget. For 17 years, items were collected at the Burnsville Senior Center, which is part of District 191 Community Education.
Yes, it has been that many years since you diligently dropped off your donations of soup labels, boxtops for education, printer cartridges and so on.
Sadly, the companies have decided it is not cost effective to continue this great idea. They have stopped accepting our donations of coupons and other items.
Yes, these items were special. The principals eagerly awaited their arrival so they could get a special “educational tool” their teachers could use.
We have collected 31 different items for a total of 938,531 pieces. Give yourselves a resounding round of applause for a job very well done. If you can reach it, pat yourself on the back, too — I have trouble trying this.
I have enjoyed every minute of this project, and these three people have been there with me: Eileen Ballard, Wanda Trousil and Lanore Lamprecht.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!