Applewild School Community Engages in Hurricane Relief Efforts

10 Oct

On Friday, October 6th, Applewild students packed twenty seven boxes of donated books and school supplies in support of two Houston-area schools, Green Valley Elementary School and Roberts Middle School, which were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Through a source called Principals Helping Principals, Applewild faculty member Kyle Gillis connected with the two Houston schools.  In conversations with their staff regarding how Applewild could help them with relief efforts, Green Valley indicated a need for basic school supplies and Roberts indicated a need for new or gently-used young adult books to replenish both their school library and the home libraries of their students.  In regards to his outreach to the two Houston schools, Mr. Gillis stated that “we are glad we did this, because with ever-evolving world events, Houston is far in the rear view mirror now in terms of charity and recovery efforts.  As always, our hearts are in the right place at Applewild.”

Applewild’s Lower School families donated basic school supplies to Green Valley Elementary School, and Applewild’s Lower School Head, Tally Lent, said “our students love to work hard to make the world a better place and this effort allows them to make other children just a little happier in the face of devastation. The generosity of spirit and caring thoughts that our students demonstrate are affirming. Some children took their saved money and allowances to buy school supplies, and others went shopping with their parents. Parents and children were glad to be able to give some very specific and targeted help where it is needed.”  Applewild’s Upper School families focused their efforts on the Roberts Middle School library, specifically gathering young adult books to replenish those which were lost in the hurricane.  Erica Hager, Applewild’s Upper School Head, said “it has been great to see the enthusiasm of our students as they have participated in this effort. We take time to reflect with our students what it would be like to have such devastation to our school, so they have really thought about it and really feel the power of helping to make a difference.”

We are thankful for the wonderful, enthusiastic support that our families gave to this important cause, in addition to Pak Mail in Fitchburg for providing 25% off of the cost of shipping the items. Additionally, we are grateful to our entire community for always embracing and living our Core Values of being respectful, fair, responsible, cooperative, honest, compassionate, and civic-minded.