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August 27, 2013

Eastern Star donates box tops to Emerson Elementary for school library

DUNCAN — Emerson Elementary was presented with 3,064 Box Tops Monday by Gayla Luna, Worthy Matron of the Duncan chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The Box Tops amount to $306.40 for Emerson school. Mona Evans, principal of Emerson, said the elementary school always designates Box Top funds to the school’s library. Bea LeValley, librarian, was also part of the presentation.

“Box Tops are always used in the library to get library materials that support Common Core,” said Evans. “We’re going to use these to increase the library’s non-fiction book selection.”

LeValley said the funds they will receive from the Box Tops given to them by Luna this week will go a long way in growing the library’s non-fiction area.

As the Worthy Matron of Chapter No. 39 Order of the Eastern Star, Luna has much influence on what projects her group works on in her year of leadership. She said the members have been supportive in her chosen projects.

“I have a very strong belief in giving back to the community,” Luna said. “I didn’t want to choose projects that would cause extra monetary expense.”

With the Box Tops project, Luna said it only caused members to spend a little extra time getting it together. Box Tops can be found on several products including food items and school supplies.

“The group collected them and it wasn’t an individual endeavor,” Luna said. “We’re community focused and our organization has done a lot this year.”

Locally, Order of the Eastern Star collects food at the holidays to donate to the Temple Food Bank and the food bank of Christians Concerned in Duncan. Best Choice labels were donated earlier this year to the Stephens County Youth Shelter building project.

State projects included a charity luncheon in June at the Shine Center in Oklahoma City, where chapters from across the state raised money for the Oklahoma Foster Wishes Program. Children’s clothes and backpacks were also donated at this event.

In September, the Duncan chapter will host the Last Official Visit of the Worthy Grand Matron for District No. 25. Members will bring items to donate to the Oklahoma Foster Wishes Program, where they will be distributed between Comanche and Stephens counties, or non-perishable items for the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City.

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