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Post-flood support sent to St. Vrain Valley Education Foundation tops $100,000 mark

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By The Staff

 

 

Big thanks ..

 The amazing schools involved are:

All Saints School, Portland, Oregon

Pine Ridge Elementary, Aurora

Blue River Elementary, Overland Park, Kan.

P.S. 104, New York City, N.Y.

Boulder Country Day, Boulder

with help from Colorado Friendship

Brantner Elementary, Thornton

Quest Academy, Aurora

Central Elementary PTO, Longmont

Sanborn Elementary, Longmont

Cottonwood Elementary, Casper, Wyo.

Starkey Elementary, Kerrville, Texas

Indian Peaks Elementary, Longmont

Traylor Academy, Denver

Longmont High Student Council

University Park Elementary, Denver

Parr Elementary PTA, Arvada

Windy Hills School PTO, Kearney, Neb.

Pine Lane Elementary, Parker

These community-minded companies are:

Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta,
Front Range locations

Longmont Rotary, Longmont

Caplan and Earnest, Boulder

Measured Progress, Inc., Longmont

DeVry University, Westminster

Sungard iWorks, Greenwood Village

eBay Inc., Denver-areas employees

Tenacity Investments Group, Longmont

Elevation Credit Union, Longmont

Walgreens, in Longmont, Tri-town and Boulder

Gold Key Travel, Longmont

Walmart, Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont

Home Depot, Boulder

Young Insurance Professionals, Boulder

Longmont Community Foundation

 

 

 

LONGMONT — The outpouring of support for the Carbon Valley and Longmont communities following the devastating September 2013 floods has been a huge boon to residents.

As the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley noted Jan. 27, they alsone have received more than $100,000 in donations consisting of cash, school supplies and books to help students and families affected by the floods.

 

“The outpouring of support has been tremendous and has come from all across the country — from P.S. 104 in New York City, to Sanborn Elementary in Longmont; from Portland, Oregon to Kerrville, Texas to Casper, Wyoming; from people never really affected by tragedy to those who themselves have needed a hand-up in the past,” said a release from the foundation about the milestone. “It has been wonderful to see such generosity in so many forms.”

Foundation officials noted that individual donations initiated things, focusing on immediate needs of students and teachers. Community members organized their friends and neighbors to collect recess equipment, school supplies, books and clothing in nearby Erie and the Tri-town areas, Golden, and Longmont as soon as the rain stopped falling. 

Hoola-hoops and playground balls along with take-home books, jackets, hats and of course, cash began showing up at the Education Foundation

once the word went out to the community.

Schools from near and far demonstrated their generosity by holding special fund raising activities such as penny drives, book fairs, carnivals, no-uniform days, fundraising contests between grades and ice cream socials to raise money to help fellow students.

Whole schools as well as individual classrooms got involved. Students helping students and providing entire school communities the opportunity to show empathy for the needs of others was a key goal in all of these support-raising events. The giving ranged from All Saints School preschoolers — who are just beginning to learn about empathy for others — to Longmont High School student councils members who put years of community service experience into action to raise money. 

Additionally, businesses and service clubs of all kinds have provided a wide array of support for flood victims. They supported fundraising opportunities for employees and customers specifically for flood victims or donated a portion of their profits to help students and their families.

While most donations came in the form of cash other valuable support was provided including a free rental truck from Home Depot to pick up school supplies from Walgreens and the donation of temporary office space at Elevations Credit Union for the Education Foundation which was temporarily evacuated from Main St. School to make room for all the Lyons schools’ students. 

“The generosity witnessed by the Education Foundation staff was incredible and took a myriad of shapes,” the news release said. “Everyone wanted to help and did so in the way they thought best.”

More details about each of the donations received can be found on the Education Foundation’s facebook page www.facebook.com/EFSVV or by searching for the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley.