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.