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American Legion Auxiliary Makes Timely Donation to Benjamin School

May 23, 2006 – With Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay often off the radar when it comes to community donations, American Legion Post 131 Auxiliary took matters into its own hands.
"Everybody does everything for Julius E. Sprauve School," member Joan Thomas said Tuesday as she and two other Auxiliary members gathered to make a donation to Guy Benjamin School.
The Auxiliary bought about $400 worth of goods for the school. The list includes a small refrigerator for the nurse's room, a laminator and paper, poster board, a dozen volleyballs and an electric pencil sharpener.
"The pencil sharpeners are so on time," acting principal Alecia M. Wells said.
She said the students are taking Stanford Achievement Tests, and the staff had to sharpen 62 pencils just that morning.
The Auxiliary also donated a $100 check to be used for whatever the school needs. Thomas said the money was raised at a March fish fry held by the organization.
Thomas said the Auxiliary got a wish list from the school and went shopping for items the members could buy on St. Thomas.
When questioned why the Auxiliary stepped in with supplies when it was the Education Department's responsibility, member Beverly January said the members were only "doing what we think is good."
January said she once worked at the school. Member Uris Dalmida and Wells said their children went to school at Guy Benjamin, and Thomas said she attended the school.
"It's my alma mater," she said.
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