Tribune-Courier News Editor
Thirty or more Marshall County children will be sleeping in new beds this year, thanks to the Build-a-Bed project.
Debbie Proctor, a reading and math interventional teacher at Jonathan Elementary School, is a member of AmeriCorps. She and other AmeriCorps teachers in the county have selected Build-a-Bed as their service project.
“We built 23 beds last year and 30 this year because the need is even greater,” Proctor said.
Build-a-Bed reviews applications and takes recommendations from teachers and principals.
To be eligible, a child must must live in the county and not have a bed of his or her own. Parents should contact the family resource center at their school.
“The greatest number of requests seem to come from the most impoverished parts of the county,” Proctor said. “Sometimes a kid may have lost a bed in a fire or a flood.”
The child must be without a bed, not merely in need of a new one.
Volunteers will build the wood-framed beds on April 20 at the Marshall County High School carpentry shop. Proctor said anyone interested in volunteering can contact her at Jonathan Elementary or any AmeriCorps teacher.
Build-a-Bed needs other items. Monetary donations will be used to purchase mattresses and lumber to build beds.
Proctor said the program also needs bed linens for twin-sized beds, stuffed animals, children’s books, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“We need the things that will help children get a good night’s sleep,” Proctor said.
Donations will be accepted at the carpentry shop.
Each bed will cost an estimated $250. The wood will be sanded but unfinished, so families can paint or stain to their child’s tastes.
“One boy last year was counting down the days,” Proctor said. “He was so excited to know he would finally have a bed.”
“There are some in this county [whose]children don’t have a bed,” Proctor said. “That’s not acceptable. We can’t let that happen.”