Swansea Elementary students receive backpacks filled with school supplies!

By Kelly Craugh

Nell Hawley and Mark Fell are successful professionals in the real estate market, and through that success, they have built a large circle of friends and associates. Nell knew she wanted to give back to her community, and asked Mark to join her efforts. The pair hosted a get-together at Las Brisas restaurant – and they asked everyone who attended to bring a child’s backpack and school supplies.

Nell and Mark were overwhelmed by the generosity, and were thrilled to have 70 backpacks filled with school supplies and books to present to our scholars at Swansea Elementary School. In addition to receiving their backpacks during our Scholars After School program, students and their families were treated to an ice cream social. Duirng the festivities, one student commented, “This is so exciting; I never thought I would have my very own school supplies!”

It was moving to see how the kindness and leadership of two compassionate individuals, coupled with the generosity of their friends and business associates, created an experience that was so positive for both donors and scholars.

In fact, Nell appreciated the experience so much that she’s now organizing a book drive so that Swansea’s scholars will have new books to read over the holiday break!

Warm thanks to Nell, Mark and all who contributed! We are extremely appreciative of your goodwill.