LAYTON -- Members of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Clearfield this week were excited to present a check for $2,000 to Lincoln Elementary School in Layton to help the school meet the special needs of a low-income student population.
The check was a donation from Mark Seiter, of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the brother-in-law of the church's priest, the Rev. Claudia Seiter.
"It's important to make these kinds of gifts, so people can see what's possible," said Sue Warren, a member of the church who was at the check presentation.
Members say Seiter had heard about the needs of some of the students at Lincoln and the church's five years of on-going efforts to meet those needs.
"St. Peter's Episcopal Church takes such good care of us," said Lincoln Principal Chris Whitaker. "It's such a multifaceted approach."
She said the school benefits from seven reading tutors from the church and numerous ongoing contributions from church members of school supplies, backpacks, library books, clothing and food items the school staff is allowed to distribute as needed.
"Just seeing the smiles on kids' faces when you put a coat on them is rewarding," Whitaker said.
She said Nov. 9, when the season's first big snowstorm hit, there was a girl at the school who was upset because she didn't have a coat.
"We sent her out into the cold with a hat on and a coat and some socks," Whitaker said, pointing to the church's donations. "It's a great feeling."
Whitaker said she only has to mention that a student needs shoes and there are members of the church looking for ways to provide them.
She said reading tutor Shirley Williams, who is a member at St. Peter's, is a good scout for student needs.
"She has a particular way of seeing needs and taking care of them without us even having to ask," Whitaker said.
"It's always exciting when Shirley comes up and gives a report from the school," Warren said, referring to St. Peter's church meetings.
Williams said she's happy to serve alongside some men from her church who have volunteered to tutor at the school, too.
"They are great role models," she said.
Warren said an article on the church's efforts was published this last summer in the Trinity Church News, in New York City.