Woodland community members and organizations donate funds and food to help educate and feed children during fight against COVID-19

To help ensure all of the district’s students have the school supplies needed for remote learning, Woodland’s Dollar Tree and the SchoolHouse Connection donations helped the district assemble and distribute 60 bags of school supplies for families

WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools officials recently thanked the many community organizations and individuals helping to provide the area’s children with education and needed services during the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

Shawn Fenmore, a driver with Landstar Ranger Trucking, drove 25 cases of unwanted cookies and crackers up to Woodland after his last stop in Vancouver to say thanks for Woodland Public Schools opening the high school as a temporary rest area for drivers. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Shawn Fenmore, a driver with Landstar Ranger Trucking, drove 25 cases of unwanted cookies and crackers up to Woodland after his last stop in Vancouver to say thanks for Woodland Public Schools opening the high school as a temporary rest area for drivers. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Fibre Federal, a community credit union, donated $3,500 to help the district purchase food to feed families in need during the weekend. Beginning in April, the Woodland Public Schools’ Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) distributes nearly 40 bags of food for families each week. 

“Thanks to Fibre Federal’s generous donation, we should be able to continue providing families with food for the remainder of the school year,” said Gabrielle “Gabby” Meador, program specialist who manages the district’s FCRC.

To help ensure all of the district’s students have the school supplies needed for remote learning, Woodland’s Dollar Tree and the SchoolHouse Connection donations helped the district assemble and distribute 60 bags of school supplies for families, too. 

“The amazing support we’ve received helps to bridge some of the gaps caused by this pandemic,” said Meador. “In a time filled with closures and cancellations, it’s wonderful to see the community’s compassion has not been canceled.”

Stacy Brown, business manager for Woodland Public Schools, and Gabrielle "Gabby" Meador stand with assembled weekend food bags for families in need thanks to the $3,500 donation from Fibre Federal Credit Union. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Stacy Brown, business manager for Woodland Public Schools, and Gabrielle “Gabby” Meador stand with assembled weekend food bags for families in need thanks to the $3,500 donation from Fibre Federal Credit Union. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Truck drivers continued to donate snacks and meals that clients refused as a way of thanking Woodland Public Schools for opening the high school as a temporary truck stop and rest facility for long-haul drivers during March and April.

Shawn Fenmore, a driver for Landstar Ranger Trucking, delivered 25 cases of cookies and crackers including Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz crackers, and Wheat Thins. 

“The cases were considered surplus because their shipping boxes were damaged in transit, however the product was perfectly intact inside,” said Scott Landrigan, Woodland Public Schools’ director of Facilities and Safety. “When Russell heard about our truck stop, he drove up from his last delivery in Vancouver to drop off the food which will help supplement the meals the district provides in its daily food services.”

Earlier in April, Russell Thomas, a long-haul driver with John Christner Trucking, donated more than a thousand of breakfast sandwiches when a client refused the order (read his story on the school’s website for more details: https://www.woodlandschools.org/article/229796).

Families in need of weekend food or school supplies should contact the FCRC:

Students, children, and families in need of food and/or school supplies can reach out to their child’s teacher or contact the FCRC directly by emailing Gabby Meador at meadorg@woodlandschools.org, calling (360) 841-2718 or visiting the Woodland Public School’s Closure HQ website: https://www.woodlandschools.org/o/district/page/covid-19-updates

To learn more about how Woodland Public Schools continues educating students and serving the community during the statewide closure, visit the dedicated news webpage at https://www.woodlandschools.org/home-learning-stories

Information provided by Woodland Public Schools.

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