Township emergency dispatchers want to make sure classrooms are stocked with plenty of school supplies as students start another academic year.
The dispatchers collected donated pens, crayons, notebooks, pencils, paper, scissors and glue for the Boardman schools during a vintage car show Saturday afternoon in front of the township government center, 8299 Market St.
“They need it in bulk amounts at the schools, and they run out halfway through the school year,” said Christy Anderson, a dispatcher and publicity chairwoman for the event named Cruising for Crayons.
“I thought it would be a good idea for us to come together and help the teachers of the Boardman schools,” said Anderson, who resides in Boardman and whose son, Christian, is entering first grade at Stadium Drive Elementary School.
Car exhibitors weren’t charged any entry fees, but they were asked to donate school supplies.
Among the dozen vehicles featured in the car show were two 1957 Chevrolets, one of them owned by Anderson’s father-in-law, George Anderson of New Middletown.
Anderson bought his two-door, matador red Bel Air in inoperable condition about 10 years ago in Virginia and spent four years restoring it. “I had to trailer it home. I restored it from the ground up,” he said.
However, another car on display was a 1984 Corvette that has been driven only 28,000 miles and needed no restoration.
“It’s in original condition. I’ve never done anything to it,” said its owner, Bill Davis of Boardman, a retired Boardman dispatcher.
“It’s a year that wasn’t real popular with Corvette enthusiasts. It’s harder to get in than most because it’s got a deeper step-in well,” Davis explained. “You’ve got to just fall into it,” he told a reporter he invited to sit in its bucket driver’s seat.
“I wanted one for a long time, and I ran across it here locally a year or so ago and bought it,” Davis said of his “Vette,” which has a removable section of its hardtop roof, known as a targa top.
During the show, Jason Evans of Boardman, who is known as DJ Dynomyte, and whose business is known as Dynomyte Entertainment, donated his time to play oldies for the event.
“Anything to give back to kids, it’s worth it 100-fold. I’d donate time every day if I could help out kids,” Evans said.
Alchemy Acres, a non-profit Salem animal rescue and adoption agency, exhibited puppies and turtles at the event. Its president, Emily Sacco, a Boardman emergency dispatcher, said the purpose of Alchemy Acres’ presence was to educate children concerning domestic and wild animals.
Auto Zone and Advance Auto Parts donated car-cleaning supplies to be awarded as prizes for winning entries in the car show.