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A little help from the church

It hasn’t been an easy year for public education. For the John Swett school district, the state budget cuts have translated into layoffs, program cuts and elimination of basics like librarians and custodians.

Pastor John Wright of Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Hercules has decided some local help is needed. Wright has teamed up with Steve Trotter, principal of Rodeo Hills Elementary School in Rodeo, and launched a new web site: www.adoptyourschool.org.

The site has a general list of needed items (everything from colored pencils to glue sticks to disinfectant wipes) and drop-off locations. Right now Full Gospel is the only official drop-off point but more are coming.

Teachers in all grades at Rodeo Hills have also posted their personalized wish lists on the site.

So if you’ve got some extra school or office supplies around the house, or you don’t mind picking up a little extra while doing your back-to-school shopping this summer, check out the new site!

Shelly Meron

Shelly Meron is the education reporter at the West County Times, and has been covering the West Contra Costa and John Swett school districts for almost two years. She writes about school budgets, construction projects, student violence, and various campus programs and events. Before coming to the Times, Shelly wrote for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Marin Independent Journal, and the Vacaville Reporter. You can reach her at smeron@bayareanewsgroup.com, or follow her at Twitter.com/shellymeron.