Families collect last-minute school supplies in Murray County thanks to Hamilton
September 8 – CHATSWORTH – Melissa Goble bought the majority of school supplies for her four children well before the start of this school year, but when a flu forced her to stop working she had to delay finishing her errands . , so a gift of school supplies from the Hamilton health care system on Thursday was much appreciated.
“It really helps a lot,” she said. “Without working it is difficult to get the rest” of the supplies.
As elementary students from Murray County Schools prepared to return to school on Tuesday, they were able to collect necessary supplies for the New Year – while munching on ice cream – at the Hamilton Physician Group campus in Chatsworth. Hamilton’s health care system held similar events in August in Catoosa County and Calhoun.
“We’re trying to support families, and it’s a small (gesture), but it can have a big impact for many families,” said Rachel Ogle, community outreach manager for Hamilton Health System. The tote bags – which students can reuse for a variety of needs, such as carrying a change of clothes to school for gym or sports classes – were filled with pencils, pencil boxes, pencils, tissues , hand sanitizer and other items.
With the COVID-19 pandemic remaining a concern, “safety” was paramount, so “we had no outside vendor, and we did it behind the wheel,” Ogle said. “I hope they are ready to go back to school and have a safe and healthy year.”
Going back to school is “a little stressful,” but Madison and Easton Smith had COVID-19 over the summer, so “I hope they have the antibodies,” said their mother, Hannah. Even though neither of them was seriously ill, “it was still scary,” especially for her.
She thought it was “awesome” that she could buy school supplies for Madison, a kindergarten student at Coker Elementary School, and Easton, a junior kindergarten, and “they’re really gonna like this” from the ice cream, she said with a smile. “They want to go to” school.
“I love (getting) school supplies” and “ice cream, especially ice cream,” LJ Crisp said with a smile. In sixth grade at Eton Primary School, he looks forward to “the gym (class) and math”.
Her aunt, Sheila Crisp, was accompanying her as her father was busy working, she said.
“We saw this on Facebook and (thought) we would have it.”
Goble “just hopes” that his children – Courtney Goble of Murray County High School, Hailey and Zoey Goble of Chatsworth Elementary School, and Jackson Goble, a kindergarten child – “can go to school” in person. this school year, rather than resorting to virtual learning caused by the pandemic, she said.
“They need to be in school for their education, structure and their friends.”
It’s too much to ask parents to teach in addition to their other responsibilities, she said. “I can’t be a teacher (and) a worker and a mom.”
Hailey couldn’t wait to go back to school, the second-grader said.
“I want to see my friends again.”