Seaside Heights gets big donation of school supplies

Andrew Sarkady, a manager at Mo's Restaurant in Cannon Beach, poses with Seaside Heights Elementary School first-graders (from left) Aasha Slot, Isair Leon Mejia, Layla Larsen, Oscar Acuna, Eli Meeks and Kevin Garcia. Sarkady delivered about $1,100 worth of school supplies to the school on opening day.

Mo’s Restaurant in Cannon Beach helped Seaside Heights Elementary School stock up for the 2015-16 school year with a large donation of school supplies, from glittery glue and sidewalk chalk to reams of multi-purpose paper.

School started Sept. 8 for first- through fifth-grade students at Seaside Heights. The following day, the students got a special delivery.

Andrew Sarkady, a manager at the Cannon Beach Mo’s, dropped off about $1,100 worth of school supplies, purchased as part of the regional restaurant chain’s “Motivation For Kids” promotion.

For the month of July and August, Table 26 at the restaurant got a special designation. Approximately 10 percent of the overall sales made at the table in the two months — or $11,000 — went toward school supplies for Seaside Heights. The restaurant previously has done the promotion for other organizations, charities and institutions that serve children, in addition to the chain’s annual Fish and Chips for Firefighters fundraiser.

Principal Sande Brown said she was incredulous when she got a call from Sarkady asking how $1,100 could best be used to meet the school’s needs. The school got smaller donations of supplies for the 2015-16 school year, but the gift from Mo’s “is a big one,” she said.

“This fills the gap,” she said.

The day before making the delivery, Sarkady went to Fred Meyer to purchase crayons, pencils, chalk, glue, construction paper, kids’ paint, tape dispensers, multi-purpose paper, colored pencils and more.

“I’m not going to lie, I had fun doing it,” he said.

Brown said the supplies will be distributed among the different teachers and classrooms depending on what they need.


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