335 children from Hyannis to Wellfleet will receive school supply packages donated by the Masonic Angel Foundation’s new Beehive School Tools project.
In recent years the Masonic Angels have broadened their charity from the “basics” to include refurbished laptops and monthly supplemental food packages. Over 620 Laptops for KidZ have been placed with area schools since May 2010 and the Masons have delivered over 1,000 Beehive Food Packages since May 2012.
In early August the Masons decided to pilot test project to provide a basic package of school supplies for young elementary school children. Wellfleet Elementary School, Orleans Elementary School and Nauset Youth Alliance (Brewster schools) received 50 “prototype” Beehive School Tools packages.
Masonic Angel Foundation volunteer Adam Menges told Cape Cod Today, “The prototypes were very well received and other schools started to find out.” In the ensuing two week period, the Masons prepared and delivered another 285 kits to elementary schools in Hyannis, Yarmouth and Eastham as well as prototype middle school packages at Nauset Regional Middle School and Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. Independence House in Hyannis also received packages for both early elementary and middle school students.
What’s in a Beehive School Tools package?
Early elementary school students receive a package that includes pencils, erasers, crayons, markers and glue sticks. Elementary packages also include one or two other items that might include a pencil box, insulated lunch bag, flash cards or a dry-erase slate.
Middle school packages include pencils, pens, erasers, markers, loose leaf binder and filler paper.
Content of the Beehive School Tools packages was determined in consultation with the MAF’s school partners.
All Beehive School Tools materials are sourced through Dollar Tree, a continuation of a partnership established with the Beehive Food Program sixteen months ago. “Dollar Tree has worked hand-in-hand with us to make our programs successful. Their logistical support and in-store service is absolutely outstanding,” reports Masonic Angel Foundation president Robert Fellows.
Packages were delivered to the following schools:
20 Nauset Youth Alliance/Brewster
24 Orleans Elementary School
6 Wellfleet Elementary School
100 Hyannis West Elementary School
50 M.E.Small Elementary (Yarmouth)
50 Station Avenue Elementary (Yarmouth)
24 Nauset Regional Middle School
26 Independence House, Hyannis
20 Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School
15 Eastham Elementary School
The Masonic Angels move fast. We’ve seen that with the rapid launch of Laptops for KidZ (two weeks) and the Beehive Food Program (four weeks). Beehive School Tools went from a quick chat between a few Masons to its first delivery in just four days.
Fortunately their donors move equally fast. As the program gained traction, donors came on board to fund each school that was added.
This fall’s 335 Beehive School Tools packages were funded by Universal Masonic Angel Fund chapter (Orleans), Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund, Winslow Lewis Lodge (for Wellfleet Elementary) and individual donors to the Masonic Angel Foundation.
The entire deployment cost a little over $2,000.
1,000 planned for 2014
MAF volunteers say month’s school supply project is just the beginning. With additional fundraising and a head start in the spring of 2014, the Masonic Angels hope to fund 1,000 Beehive School Tools packages for delivery across the area in August 2014.
As with all MAF programs, the Masons do not learn the identity of the children they help. In the case of Beehive School Tools, the school administration requests the number of supply packages they need and the Masons deliver. Recipient families are told by the school that they are receiving support from the Masonic Angel Fund.