WAXAHACHIE — In a tradition that has served the youth of Ellis County for over a decade, the organization donated 2,064 dictionaries and 2,800 U.S. Constitutional booklets to middle school students across the county.

Not to mention, four $1,000 scholarships to four deserving high school seniors.

“Each year we raise money through two of our community projects,” confirmed Tommie Worthy, Ellis County Republican Women (ECRW) Treasurer and former president. “So we purchased personal dictionaries for the third graders in Ellis County and constitutional booklets for all the fifth graders, and we also gave four scholarships to some wonderful girls.”

“They’ll [the books] go to Ellis County ISD schools and the charter schools,” she added.

Establishing the book donation project in 2002, the ECRW met at Worthy’s home in Avalon on Aug. 30, as members prepared the books with labels and the group’s seal of approval.

“We had book plates made to go in front of the books and booklets that said, ‘This book is presented to, and an area to sign their names, and then it says ‘Presented by the Ellis County Republican Women,’” Worthy explained.

“We believe that education is important to students and the teachers seem pretty happy about it too,” she chuckled. “For some kids, this will be their first book, and so we’re happy to supply it.”

The books are expected to be delivered within the next week and will be used throughout the academic year to enhance students’ skills in reading and writing.

Among the meeting’s book preparations, four high school seniors were also awarded $1,000 scholarships during Wednesday’s meeting.

“We had 53 applications this year from seniors throughout Ellis County, and it’s really a task to go through them all,” Worthy laughed.

“Every committee member gets a copy of all the applicants, and then we get together and pick from 12 to 15 for personal interviews, and we narrowed it down to these four wonderful ladies,” she included.

Worthy went on to acknowledge the four students: Lyric Brooks from Milford High School, Morgan Cooper from Waxahachie High School, Angel Walls from Ferris High School, and Alexie Rendon from Ennis High School.

Making a difference in Ellis County since 1982, Worthy notes that the ECRW has purchased over 35,040 since the inception of the community project in 2002 and is confident in its continual growth.

“We’re proud of our Ellis County students and all the money we make goes towards our students and schools,” Worthy encouraged. “They are the next generation, and we need to try and help them out as much as we can.”

To connect with the Ellis County Republican Women, visit ecrw.org or call (972)-627-3447.

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Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer

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