The sound of cheers and several loud “thank you’s” from students in unison echoed from Ms. Margaret Patton’s classroom at West End Elementary as members of the Modern Woodmen of America financial group donated $300 worth of school supplies to the students.

Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization that provides life insurance, annuities and fraternal programs for more than three-quarters of a million Americans.

Through the Care and Share program organized by Modern Woodmen of America, the company donates basic life necessities to individuals and families in need in their communities.

West End student, Jayden Jones, knew that his classroom needed certain school supplies to continue their education. He expressed this need to his grandparents, Jimmy and Louise Burgess, who are members of Modern Woodmen of America They then took further action.

Erica Morris, who serves as Floyd County’s Representative for Modern Woodmen, submitted Jayden’s request for Ms. Patton’s class to be a recipient of the Care and Share Award for 2018. West End was chosen as one of the classes that received school supplies.

“We were so incredibly happy to hear that Ms. Patton’s class was chosen for this award,” smiled Louise Burgess. “We appreciate Ms. Patton and all she does for her students, including Jadyn, and we are so happy we could contribute.”

On behalf of Modern Woodmen of American, the Burgess’ dropped off all materials to West End such as tape, an electric pencil sharpener, construction paper, manila folders, pens, pencils and more.

Dr. Dennis Drummond, West End Elementary School Principal, was so excited to hear about Ms. Patton winning the Care and Share Award for 2018.

“I just want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Burgess along with Modern Woodmen of America for their very generous donation,” said Dr. Drummond. “We are so thankful for all of the supplies because I know they are going to go a long way in supporting Ms. Patton’s outstanding instruction.”


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