The annual Edna’s School Supply Drive is off and running throughout Waldport and surround communities. It’s a summertime tradition aimed at making sure that kids from needy families show up at school this fall with decent clothes, backpack and school supplies so they can jump right back into learning after a long summer.
The tradition of the Edna’s School Supply Drive is to celebrate long time Waldport area businesswoman Edna Comstock and her commitment to the children of the community – and of late – her commitment to helping those who help children.
Edna Comstock was one of those very early supporters of a long ago Tongan immigrant who did not speak english but was very eager to learn it as well as pursuing a great education. For help she turned to Edna Comstock, a local real estate business owner who was very active in the community. Comstock helped Sentila McKinley, now Executive Director of Seashore Family Literacy, to learn how to read and write English and to pursue her dream of higher education for herself and for all those in the community who aspires to learn as much as they can in school and beyond.
Senitila has become a community legend with her good works and constant assistance to local families in a rainbow of ways for food, clothing, shelter, helping with job applications, education and many other ways to help families down on their luck get back on their feet. Also after school programs for kids.
So, it’s against that remarkable backdrop of community history that we return to the school supply drive that continues in the honor of Edna Comstock who started the first school supply drive years and years ago. Edna passed away in 2006 at the age of 93. Every year the town’s children create school supply bags that are dropped off around town with requests for help in providing clothing and shoes for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. All donated clothing must be presentable – no stains or holes or broken zippers. No underwear, please.
They’re also seeking 1.5 to 2 inch binders, wideline and college ruled note paper, spiral notebooks, pink erasers, rulers, glue sticks, markers, computer thumb drives and backpacks. Once a businesses bag is filled with such requested items they are to be taken to the old Waldport Middle School (the one that was only partly torn down earlier this year). Use the old front doors. Drop off times at the facility is Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm, through August 20th.