School prep begins


CACTUS volunteers pack school supplies

Victoria Stratton, left, and her mom, Nicole Stratton, a counselor at La Monte Elementary, each select some spiral notebooks to place in the school supply bags they are packing for area students as part of CACTUS at Smith-Cotton Junior High on Thursday afternoon. Distribution of the supplies began Thursday evening and continues through Friday.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Maria Decker, left, and Cindy Decker, both of Sedalia, tackle a mountain of boxes now empty of school supplies while volunteering for CACTUS on Thursday. Cindy said this was the first time they volunteered for the organization, which provides school supplies to students who either live in or attend school in Pettis County.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Employees from Wilson Toellner, CPA, line each side of the table packed with various school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

From left, CACTUS Coordinator Mary Jo Sartin, Chris Smith, a member of the CACTUS board and Altrusa, and Stephanie Carpenter, volunteering with US Bank, talk about the final bags to be packed Thursday afternoon before beginning distribution that evening.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Boxes crammed full of new school supplies line the entire wall of the FEMA Building at Smith-Cotton Junior High after CACTUS volunteers filled the bags Thursday afternoon. Sartin previously told the Democrat the organization moved its packing and distribution to the FEMA building due to the growing number of students requesting supplies.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Ann Rouchka, left, and Anna Lee Bail sort through some miscellaneous school supplies as the CACTUS volunteers finish up packing for area students.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Dylan Kresse, left, and Matthew Diaz grab some pens to place in their bag of school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday. The pair was volunteering with the First Baptist Church of Otterville.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Victoria Stratton, left, and her mom, Nicole Stratton, a counselor at La Monte Elementary, each select some spiral notebooks to place in the school supply bags they are packing for area students as part of CACTUS at Smith-Cotton Junior High on Thursday afternoon. Distribution of the supplies began Thursday evening and continues through Friday.

Maria Decker, left, and Cindy Decker, both of Sedalia, tackle a mountain of boxes now empty of school supplies while volunteering for CACTUS on Thursday. Cindy said this was the first time they volunteered for the organization, which provides school supplies to students who either live in or attend school in Pettis County.

Employees from Wilson Toellner, CPA, line each side of the table packed with various school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday.

From left, CACTUS Coordinator Mary Jo Sartin, Chris Smith, a member of the CACTUS board and Altrusa, and Stephanie Carpenter, volunteering with US Bank, talk about the final bags to be packed Thursday afternoon before beginning distribution that evening.

Boxes crammed full of new school supplies line the entire wall of the FEMA Building at Smith-Cotton Junior High after CACTUS volunteers filled the bags Thursday afternoon. Sartin previously told the Democrat the organization moved its packing and distribution to the FEMA building due to the growing number of students requesting supplies.

Ann Rouchka, left, and Anna Lee Bail sort through some miscellaneous school supplies as the CACTUS volunteers finish up packing for area students.

Dylan Kresse, left, and Matthew Diaz grab some pens to place in their bag of school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday. The pair was volunteering with the First Baptist Church of Otterville.

Victoria Stratton, left, and her mom, Nicole Stratton, a counselor at La Monte Elementary, each select some spiral notebooks to place in the school supply bags they are packing for area students as part of CACTUS at Smith-Cotton Junior High on Thursday afternoon. Distribution of the supplies began Thursday evening and continues through Friday.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-1.jpgVictoria Stratton, left, and her mom, Nicole Stratton, a counselor at La Monte Elementary, each select some spiral notebooks to place in the school supply bags they are packing for area students as part of CACTUS at Smith-Cotton Junior High on Thursday afternoon. Distribution of the supplies began Thursday evening and continues through Friday. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Maria Decker, left, and Cindy Decker, both of Sedalia, tackle a mountain of boxes now empty of school supplies while volunteering for CACTUS on Thursday. Cindy said this was the first time they volunteered for the organization, which provides school supplies to students who either live in or attend school in Pettis County.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-2.jpgMaria Decker, left, and Cindy Decker, both of Sedalia, tackle a mountain of boxes now empty of school supplies while volunteering for CACTUS on Thursday. Cindy said this was the first time they volunteered for the organization, which provides school supplies to students who either live in or attend school in Pettis County. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Employees from Wilson Toellner, CPA, line each side of the table packed with various school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-3.jpgEmployees from Wilson Toellner, CPA, line each side of the table packed with various school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

From left, CACTUS Coordinator Mary Jo Sartin, Chris Smith, a member of the CACTUS board and Altrusa, and Stephanie Carpenter, volunteering with US Bank, talk about the final bags to be packed Thursday afternoon before beginning distribution that evening.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-4.jpgFrom left, CACTUS Coordinator Mary Jo Sartin, Chris Smith, a member of the CACTUS board and Altrusa, and Stephanie Carpenter, volunteering with US Bank, talk about the final bags to be packed Thursday afternoon before beginning distribution that evening. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Boxes crammed full of new school supplies line the entire wall of the FEMA Building at Smith-Cotton Junior High after CACTUS volunteers filled the bags Thursday afternoon. Sartin previously told the Democrat the organization moved its packing and distribution to the FEMA building due to the growing number of students requesting supplies.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-5.jpgBoxes crammed full of new school supplies line the entire wall of the FEMA Building at Smith-Cotton Junior High after CACTUS volunteers filled the bags Thursday afternoon. Sartin previously told the Democrat the organization moved its packing and distribution to the FEMA building due to the growing number of students requesting supplies. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Ann Rouchka, left, and Anna Lee Bail sort through some miscellaneous school supplies as the CACTUS volunteers finish up packing for area students.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-6.jpgAnn Rouchka, left, and Anna Lee Bail sort through some miscellaneous school supplies as the CACTUS volunteers finish up packing for area students. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Dylan Kresse, left, and Matthew Diaz grab some pens to place in their bag of school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday. The pair was volunteering with the First Baptist Church of Otterville.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516CACTUS-7.jpgDylan Kresse, left, and Matthew Diaz grab some pens to place in their bag of school supplies as they volunteer for CACTUS on Thursday. The pair was volunteering with the First Baptist Church of Otterville. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
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