Alabaster-Pelham Rotary club donates school supplies to TMS

From left to right: Thompson Middle School Principal Neely Woodley poses for a picture with Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club members Debbie Parrott, Alex Strange and Elizabeth Roland. The club donated free school supplies to TMS. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

From left to right: Thompson Middle School Principal Neely Woodley poses for a picture with Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club members Debbie Parrott, Alex Strange and Elizabeth Roland. The club donated free school supplies to TMS. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

ALABASTER–Thompson Middle School received a pleasant surprise the afternoon of Aug. 24 as the Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club paid a visit to the school to donate a variety of school supplies.

Thompson Middle School Principal Neely Woodley was greeted by three members of the Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club as boxes of copy paper, dry erase markers, Kleenex boxes, Clorox wipes, pens and more were delivered free of charge.

“I’m just extremely thankful for the school supplies,” said Woodley. “I’m going to definitely give them out to my teachers. I don’t know what process I’ll use yet but everything will definitely be used.”

Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club member Elizabeth Roland said that the school supplies were donated by members of the Pelham-Rotary Club as a gift to help out the community.

“This is part of the clubs service project and the club is very interested in working with the schools,” said Roland. “We wanted to help out some of the teachers with the supplies that they need.”

When the supplies arrived, Woodley had five TMS students come from PE class to help move the boxes of supplies to the main office, where they would then be distributed to the 56 teachers currently at TMS.

The Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club meets every Thursday at noon at the Shelby Baptist Hospital and currently has members in Alabaster, Pelham, Helena and more.

Roland said they are always looking for new members throughout Shelby County.

“This isn’t limited to people in just Alabaster and Pelham,” said Roland. “Business people are wanted from Alabaster, Pelham and Helena.”