Principal Joni Mock figured not many days have gone by that she has not been up at Port St. Joe Elementary School unloading donations.
Since Hurricane Michael the school has seen an outpouring of donations of supplies, backpacks, pencils, papers and a host of other items.
Much of it has come from a group known as the “Fairy Godparents” on Facebook, organized in the wake of Hurricane Irma to provide needed supplies to schools in disaster areas.
“We have just been blessed,” Mock said. “People are being so nice.”
Among the donations, replacing, as much as possible, a planned field trip for grades pre-K through 3 to the First United Methodist Church’s “Pumpkin Patch” which had been cancelled.
A manager from a Bay County Publix carried a donation of pumpkins, as it turned out exactly one for every pre-K through third-grade student, from the store.
And Mock did some storytelling outside, telling Halloween-themed stories to replicate another part of a trip to the “Patch.”
“It was a lot of fun and the students really enjoyed it,” Mock said.
The donations of supplies has become so bounteous that the elementary school is reaching out to other schools and other districts to gauge whether they could use some of the supplies donated to Port St. Joe Elementary. --- Tim Croft