The uncertainty over the future of Wilmot Elementary School and a mid-summer move by the Hamburg school board to re-open the school for the upcoming school year had very little impact on Eagle Family Ministries.
The Bentonville-based religious organization never gave up on the Delta community as it maintained its annual plans for a week of building and support activities in the Delta community on behalf of the small elementary school.
Steve Tucker, president of Eagle Family Ministries, said his organization adopted Wilmot in 2000 and it has spent a portion of its summer in the small Ashley County town for the past 13 years.
An annual element of the summer project crafted by Eagle Family members is to bring and distribute school supplies to students at the elementary school. The organization also provides supplies and materials to Wilmot’s schoolteachers.
Tucker said his organization would still have come south to Ashley County and brought school supplies for the children of Wilmot even if there were not a Wilmot school.
He explained the students would have still needed the supplies; they just would have used them at a new school elsewhere in the county.
“We were still bringing school supplies for the children at Wilmot,” Tucker said.