Students in need across the district benefitted from some new school supplies this year.

Several dozen students in the Banks School District won't need to worry about the cost of school supplies for the new school year, thanks to a donation from the Banks Volunteer Firefighters Association.COURTESY PHOTO - L-R: Captain Sean McGonigal, Sheila McGonigal, Susan Helm Administrator at Banks High
School, and Engineer Trevor Cadonau.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, firefighters delivered almost $800 worth of school supplies to students in need from Banks Elementary, Middle and High schools, according to Deanna Friedman, executive assistant with the Banks Fire District.

The Banks Volunteer Firefighters Association was able to donate 28 new backpacks filled with notebook paper, glue, pencils and other miscellaneous supplies needed for the school year, Friedman said in a release.

"Every year, our school district sees students from families that are hit hard financially and cannot necessarily supply their children with these kinds of needed school supplies," Sheila McGonigal is quoted as saying in the release. Her husband and daughter both serve with the Banks Fire District.

"In addition to this new annual gift to the Banks School District, funds raised by the Association go annually towards Santa's Christmas, where firefighters deliver presents to families within the fire district who are disadvantaged financially," Friedman said.

The Banks Volunteer Firefighters Association is able to raise money to give back to the community from events like the Firefighters Breakfast and operating the parking lot for the annual North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival.

By Olivia Singer
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