The Northport VFW post and ladies’ auxiliary donate school supplies for the Drinkwater School each year, and the gift of everything from pencils and erasers to glue sticks and crayons is always greatly appreciated.

“This certainly helps out,” said Drinkwater Principal Jodi Henderson, noting that the need for such supplies is often greatest as the year heads into early spring. “We especially feel it in March.”

This year, Henderson said, the donation is more important than ever, as more and more families are struggling financially.

Friday, Oct. 29, Northport VFW Post Commander Herman Littlefield and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary President Betty Farris brought in boxes and bags of school supplies, which will be available for use by the entire student body.

Littlefield said the school supply drive was also supported by a pair of local business owners: Barbara Kinney, who operates Family Traditions Restaurant, and Hideaway Diner proprietor Doris Moran.

“Everyone really pitched in,” said Littlefield.

Third-graders filed in to the school library for the formal donation, and chattered excitedly about the new items they would have to use at school.

“Thank you!” chimed in a handful of students, many of whom had loaded up with pencils, glue sticks and markers to take back to their classroom.