One thousand Cape Cod students will be starting the school year with much needed classroom supplies thanks to local Masons. On Monday, thirty Masonic Angel Foundation volunteers gathered at the Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans to assemble school supply kits for Cape Cod children.
The Beehive School Tools project is now in its third year. In its first year, 335 school supply kits were purchased, assembled and delivered. Last year that number jumped to 743 and this year 1,000 children will benefit from the program.
The 1,000 kits assembled on Monday were made up of more than 7,000 individual items purchased from the Dollar Tree in Dennis Port and Staples in Orleans. The kits will be distributed in schools from Wellfleet to Falmouth, according to a Masonic Angel Foundation release.
Primary funding for the Beehive School Tools project came from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Foundation, the Virginia Trust of the Federated Church of Orleans and a private family trust. Local lodges including the Universal Lodge of Orelans, Pilgrim Lodge of Harwich, St. Martin's Lodge of Chatham, Howard Lodge of Yarmouth, Mariners Lodge of Cotuit and the Marine Lodge of Falmouth also provided funding. Grant support was provided by The Lodge of St. Andrew in Boston and the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, the release said.
The volunteers--Masons, family, friends, teachers and other members of the community, assembled the kits in 85 minutes.
"As with all Masonic Angel Fund programs, school professionals qualify recipients and distribute the school supply kits," said Robert Fellows, MAF Co-founder/Board President. "The Masons never know the identity of the children that receive Beehive School Tools packages."
Deliveries of the kits to the schools began on Tuesday.
For more information about the Beehive School Tools project or any of the other Masonic Angle Foundation programs, visit www.masonicangelfund.org.