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Fluvanna Cub Scouts Hold School Supply Service Project

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Fluvanna County schools have struggled to stay afloat during a tough year of budget cuts.  Now, students are stepping up to help out their cash-strapped schools, and they're asking for the community's support.

A group of Cub Scouts in Fluvanna County is teaming up with Fluvanna businesses to raise money and school supplies for their schools.  They're hoping to show that any help from the community can go a long way.

"Scouts help anyone that's in need. And the teachers - they could use some help right now," said Fluvanna County Boy Scout Patrick Wade.

Robb Wade, Patrick's father, said, "It's really important now more than ever that we all get together and we all work together as a team and try to support our schools and our teachers."

Fluvanna County schools got a one-time lump sum of funding from the board of supervisors last month to help them stay afloat this year.  But now, they're looking ahead to next school year.  The school board and supervisors met last Wednesday to discuss next year's budget.

"Wednesday was a conversation and that's what's needed," said Fluvanna County Superintendent Gena Keller.

Keller says she hopes the community will weigh in.  "I just think it's so important for our community not to be dormant," she said.  "They've got to be involved, they've got to understand that with every cut we make there are staff members and children impacted."

Patrick has experienced the cuts firsthand, as a student at the new Fluvanna County High School.  He says now is the time for his classmates and community to step up.

"I hope the community can take responsibility to help the teachers in need," he said.  "With the budget cuts, they're not just affecting the teachers, some of the classes are being cut, like some of the vocation classes, and vocation classes are important because it helps in your career - gives you a taste of what it's like."

Keller encourages anyone interested in the future of Fluvanna County schools to speak up at the school board meetings and the joint meetings with the board of supervisors.

If you want to donate to the Cub Scouts' school supply drive, click here.

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