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Having new school supplies can be the difference between starting off the school year with a good attitude or a bad one, said Judith Magelssen, coordinator of supplies for the ECLA and Self Help Inc. School Supply Project.
She said she has taught in the Pojoaque for eight years and would see some students come in with no supplies, which can hurt when they are with their peers. However, after a visit to the counselor’s office to pick up the needed items, courtesy of the School Supply Project, Magelssen said students return with big smiles.
Self Help has helped put these smiles on students’ faces for 14 years. Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Women of Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America (ELCA) has pitched in for the past three years.
A local resident started the School Supply Project before asking Self Help Inc. to take it over. Although the organization had the funds, Magelssen said, there wasn’t enough manpower, however, because Self Help is located in Bethlehem Lutheran, the ECLA group volunteered to help out.