Thursday December 13, 2012
This school year, Orchard School’s second grade students participated in a global collaborative project titled “i-Spy in the Community.” By coincidence, one of the project schools happened to be located on Staten Island, and when Hurricane Sandy devastated areas along the east coast, Orchard’s new friends were affected. Students and teachers wondered how the community might help New York families in need.
The Staten Island school was contacted and it was discovered that hundreds of displaced evacuees were being housed on the grounds of the former Bayley Seton Hospital. These residents were unable to return to homes that were damaged, without power or heat, or deemed structurally unsound, and the families were in immediate need of new bath towels, washcloths, and toiletries. Home improvement gift cards were also requested.
A message went out through Orchard School’s PTO and the South Burlington community rallied in support of those less fortunate. During Thanksgiving week, 67 pounds of towels, washcloths and miscellaneous items, as well as $350 in home improvement gift cards were sent to the Staten Island school for distribution.
Collection boxes are still available in Orchard School’s library for those wishing to help out with this worthy cause. A second delivery will be sent before the holidays. Orchard School would like to offer a big “thank you!” to those who have already been so generous. 652-7329
SOURCE: Orchard School