• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Local businesses get behind drive to collect art supplies for students


SHANNON MEEKINS, pictured with son Lincoln and husband Morgan, said she organized an art supplies drive because “… I just wanted to do something that would help the community and help the teachers ...” (Photo submitted)
SHANNON MEEKINS, pictured with son Lincoln and husband Morgan, said she organized an art supplies drive because “… I just wanted to do something that would help the community and help the teachers ...” (Photo submitted)

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

year.”

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.

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