To the Editor:

An African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” states best of how our community comes together to assist our area children returning to school. Trying to equip each student with the necessary tools to start the new school year can be challenging. But once again, our community, “our village,” rose to the challenge.

Our children are our future, and equipping them with the confidence, positive attitude to learn helps to create leaders of tomorrow. We are grateful for the cooperative partnership between different organizations, businesses, churches and groups in the community. You have given so much more than you realize.

Gorman Foundation, Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison County staff and volunteers, Karing Kitchen Board and volunteers, Oneida Recreation Department staff and volunteers, The Salvation Army Service Unit of Oneida, The Salvation Army Rome Corps, Fidelis, Chapin Real Estate, Hunt Real Estate, Kay Real Estate, Howard Hanna, Jeannie from Bassett, Kristen Somers, Enterprise, Tri Valley YMCA, Denny’s, Planet Fitness, Opportunity Shop, Oneida Public Library, A Living Legacy, Staples, Walgreen’s, Allstate, Owen’s Martial Arts, Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot, Big Lots, Price Chopper, Tops, Oneida Office Supply, Hipsters, AT&T, Cricket, Cottage Lawn Farmer’s Market, St. Patrick’s Altar & Rosary Society, Plymouth our local food pantries, Oneida Area Council of Churches, Madison County Health Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, MVCA and all of our donors and volunteers, to all of you, we humbly say THANK YOU.

Please know that the students and parents thank you, as well.

Thank you once again for continuing to be a partner in the education of the youth of our community.

Melissa King and Pam Vecchiano, co-chairwomen, Oneida Community Back to School

By martha

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