Blaich Family Dentistry

R-I school wins Blaich giveaway for second year
Posted on 09/21/2021
Esther Luna and Dr. Eric Blaich.

Eugene Field recently received a $1,000 donation from a random drawing in Blaich Family Dentistry’s annual back-to-school giveaway.

The nominator, Emma Hayes of the Poplar Bluff High School Class of 2018, became aware of the contest over Facebook and said she simply felt that the elementary had been left out.

"I chose Eugene Field because I believe the school is well-deserving and hadn't noticed anyone else comment the school's name," explained Hayes, who also won a $100 Walmart gift card. "I believe other elementary schools like O'Neal, Oak Grove and Lake Road get a lot of attention and believed Eugene Field should too.”

Eugene Field Principal Jennifer Taylor was made aware of the social media announcement during a staff meeting. How the money will be utilized is undecided at this point, she said, but she promised it would go toward the basic needs of students and encouraging academic success.

“…It is personally very touching that a community member, not directly affiliated with Eugene Field, seized an opportunity to potentially provide extra resources for a building that was underrepresented,” Taylor reacted. “Communities thrive when citizens such as Dr. Blaich and Ms. Hayes are thoughtful and intentional in their altruistic works.”

About 25 area schools were entered in the contest, with Doniphan also winning $1,000 for gaining the most votes out of 1,500 total, dentist Dr. Eric Blaich revealed last month. Poplar Bluff Junior High was the sole winner last year, during the dental practice’s inaugural giveaway.

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Cutline: Eugene Field counselor Esther Luna accepts a check from Dr. Eric Blaich on Friday, Aug. 20, at Blaich Family Dentistry on West Pine Street.

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