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.