Local businesses get behind drive to collect art supplies for students
People in the community are being invited to donate to an “Art Supplies
Drive” organized by Versailles business owner Shannon Meekins.
Donations may be dropped off at several local businesses and will be
given to Woodford County Public Schools so students will have
much-needed art supplies when they return to school in August, Meekins said.
“Drives like this are helpful because we are able to make sure we have
all that is needed to ensure that every student is academically
successful at school,” said Olivia Britton, coordinator of the Family
Resource Center at Simmons and Northside elementary schools. “They help
us to be able to provide what is needed for everyone during the school
Meekins, who co-owns Rose Hill Spirits with her husband, Morgan, said
she organized an art supplies drive because “I love art.” And she has a
3-and-a-half-year-old son, Lincoln, who she said loves art too.
“Art is just so important to kids’ development – to develop their
imaginations, to develop creativity,” Meekins said.
“… I just wanted to do something that would help the community and help
the teachers ... And I just thought it would be such a great thing for
the businesses to support the community ...”
Jesse’s Attic, Front Porch Pickings and Local Tavern were among the
first Versailles businesses to become donation drop off locations for
the art supplies drive, Meekins said.
Shortly thereafter, more businesses (Wilson’s Pool Room, Mane Event,
Blue Whiskey, Woodford Shakes, Cornerstone Pharmacy, Bypass Liquors,
Rolling Oven Taproom, Callie’s Homestyle Restaurant and Spark Community
Café) and Versailles City Hall joined the effort.
“It’s amazing to see that much support,” said Meekins. She said people
in the community have already been generous with their donations – and
the drive only kicked off June 15. Donations (of yarn, clay, paint
brushes, paints, markers, colored pencils, safety scissors, etc) will be
accepted through July 31.
Meekins, a native of Chicago, said she and her family moved into her
husband’s childhood home in March 2020 because they wanted to raise
their son in Versailles. They opened Rose Hill Spirits last October.
“I don’t think that we can ask the community to support us if we can’t
do things to help them,” Meekins said.