National Guard "Elves" Donate to RES Effort

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Members of the Arkansas Army Nation Guard 1037th Engineer Battalion Sgt. Dwight Jones, SSg. Cory Huckabee, Ssg. Jeremy Ervin and Ssg. Jody Boyett present RES principal Nate Henderson with a donation of $500 for the school's Clothes Closet program.

Rector Elementary School received a thoughtful, caring gift this past Wednesday, one which will benefit local students and others who may find themselves in need. Members of the Arkansas Army National Guard's 1037th Engineer Battalion presented elementary counselor Julia Wyss and principal Nate Henderson with a donation in the amount of $500. The funds are earmarked for use in the school's Clothes Closet.

The Clothes Closet has been in place for several years. The school keeps a large selection of new clothing on hand to distribute to students as needed. The clothing may serve as supplemental items for students who might otherwise go without, in addition to helping students in the event of an emergency or illness. The Clothes Closet can assist with something as small as replacing of flip flops broken during a recess race to providing a warm coat on a cold day.

"The Clothes Closet is used every day," Henderson said. "There's always a need for it. Most of the time, it's simple things like someone spilled something or had an accident. It's very handy to have. Mrs. Wyss and Mrs. Michelle (Hartsfield) and everyone involved really do a good job in keeping the Clothes Closet stocked and ready to help our students. With the help of donations like this, we've been able to expand the program and help even more."

The 1037th has supported the effort throughout the years, forming an effective partnership with the school. The funds donated this year were raised through the demotion derby held during the Greene County Fair. The funds were presented to the school by Ssg. Jeremy Ervin, Sgt. Dwight Jones, Ssg. Cory Huckabee and Ssg. Jody Boyett.

"We're happy to be able to help a program like this," Ssg. Ervin said. "This community has shown us a great deal of support, and we're happy to be able to give back and help the school and its students."

In true holiday fashion, the soldiers of the 1037th also brought a collection of toys to be distributed throughout the community.

"We are very grateful to the 1037th for all that they do," Henderson said. "They have been supportive of this program, our school and the entire community."

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