Project School Days Enters 20th Year As Coordinator Marilyn Malkmus Prepares To Retire

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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — After 20 years of coordinating Project School Days to help Valley schoolchildren in need obtain backpacks and school materials, Marilyn Malkmus will be retiring and transferring operations of the annual outreach to the Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

Malkmus, who was featured, along with the history of this project, in this article by Sheila Gardner in 2015, said the Methodist church will help with coordination this year and then take over sponsorship of the program next year.

For school kids, summer is coming to a close and school will start Aug. 14 for Valley schools and Aug. 28 for Lake schools in Douglas County.

“It’s time to think of those students in our schools who need assistance with supplies to complete their school work,” Malkmus said.

Project School Days, now in its 20th year, is a nonprofit, totally volunteer organization that fills requests from Douglas County teachers for their students that need school materials.

Gardnerville resident Marilyn Malkmus next to the many crates of school supplies she collects to help local students in need.

Requested supplies range from crayons, pens and pencils to notebooks, dictionaries, backpacks and calculators. This program has been approved by the Superintendent of Schools.

“Our program also includes kids served by the Douglas County CASA program and kids at Austin’s house and, we also supply a filled backpack to kids returning home from China Spring and Aurora Pines Youth Camps so they can return to school ready to learn,” Malkmus said.

The main distribution takes place just after school starts but teachers may request supplies at any time during the school year.

Last year approximately 29 percent of the district teachers participated giving supplies to about 530 kids, 14 percent of the student enrollment.

“Since 1998 we have supplied materials for about 8,000 Douglas County kids,” Malkmus said. “A generous community makes this project possible by donating money that is used to purchase supplies or by collecting and donating school supplies. All the materials are donated to school children in Douglas County.”

Project School Days is a nonprofit, totally volunteer organization, Federal I. D. #88-0393599, so your contributions are tax deductible.

Checks may be mailed to: Project School Days, P. O. Box 3052, Gardnerville, NV 89410.

For further information on how you may help, please call Marilyn Malkmus at 782-4931. Project School Days – A Helping Hand For The Greatest Asset Douglas County Has – Our Children.

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