Students and staff in the Oak Ridge School system increased their contributions to this year’s United Way of Anderson County campaign by more than 25 percent, an official said.
“We are excited to be able to give back to our community,” said Bruce Borchers, Oak Ridge School superintendent. “This is a great community to be part of.”
“To see an increase during these very challenging times really means a lot,” said Rick Morrow, UWAC executive director.
The total that school personnel donated was $13,469, with an additional $213 coming from the students at Jefferson Middle School and $584 from the students at Linden Elementary School. Woodland Elementary School had the largest percent increase in total giving: 130 percent. Jefferson Middle School had the largest total at $3,150.
“I was excited to see the kids get involved this year,” Borchers said. “It shows that they really understand what it means to be part of our community.”
Michael Mott (pictured) was the winner of the grand prize of a weekend getaway donated by UWAC Loaned Executive Becky Hook, a retired Oak Ridge teacher. Mott, who was surprised in his classroom by Borchers and Principal Bruce Lay, said he was delighted to winner this year’s prize.
“I will definitely enjoy the time away,” Mott said.
UWAC and its 34 community partners and their 51 vital programs address three core needs of the community: basic human needs, youth development, and the needs of seniors. For more information, call (865) 483-8431 or visit www.uwayac.org.