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Students Offer Blessings To Bentley Community

Posted 7/6/2017

By Jared JanzenSTUDENTS and staff of the BPS summer program created a blessings box stocked with food and other items that are free for anyone in need to take. They placed the box inside the Bentley Post Office last Friday. STUDENTS and staff of the BPS summer program created a blessings box stocked with food and other items that are free for anyone in need to take. They placed the box inside the Bentley Post Office last Friday.

BENTLEY—Folks in Bentley have probably noticed a colorful new fixture sitting inside the post office and may have wondered what it is. The new addition is a blessings box that holds non-perishable food and other items free for anyone in need to have.

The blessings box got its start as a community service project for the students enrolled in Bentley Primary School’s summer school program. Students installed it at its new home last Friday morning on the final day of the program.

The idea for the blessings box was Sharla Warren’s, coordinator for the summer program.

The blessings box works both ways. People in need can take a blessing, but members of the community are also welcome help keep it supplied. The words “Take what you need; give what you can” are written along the box’s base.

Warren said the goal is for the community to fully take over supplying it, but if they don’t the school will continue stocking it through its Kansas Reading Roadmap grant.

Several steps were involved in preparing it. Students took the box apart to sand, paint and decorate it. The finished box is covered in the handprints of each of the students, like dozens of little reminders to be a helping hand in the community.

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