Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A letter from a MD student: Help NJ School hit by Sandy!

Dear Classmates, Family and Friends,
As we are all aware of by now, the New Jersey and New York areas were hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy. My 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. Semet is familiar with a school in New Jersey that was badly damaged by the storm. The students have had to relocate to other school during this very scary time until their school is safe to return to. You may have been asking yourself how can I help, well now is your chance! 
There are a few ways to get involved and be a part of something special. 

-You can purchase school supplies or if you have school supplies laying around that you do not need, donated them.

-They are also asking for gift cards, so skip Starbucks for a couple days and purchase a gift card from Walmart, Target, or Staples. 

-The next step is simple too. For those of you that go to Casady, you can drop off your item with Mrs. Semet in the Middle Division, Mrs. Poplin in the Lower Division and Mrs. Clay in the Upper Division. 

- For all others, you can bring them to my home.  One request, if you could please write a short note to the students and either leave it with your items or hand it to Mrs. Semet, Mrs. Clay or Mrs. Poplin. I would like to put them in a book so that they can see how many people really do care. 
I am asking that all donations be dropped off or sent by November 20. I will send them to Mrs. Semet's Aunt Deondra Shropshire, she has generously offered to drop the items off for us at the Robert L. Craig School in Moonachie NJ. Below is an article that I found online that explains some of what the students, families and faculty have been going through and their needs.

Thank you,
Lexi Brooks

The VHS Student Council is conducting a drive to support the students of the Robert L. Craig School (grades K-8) in Moonachie, NJ. The Robert L. Craig School will be closed for approximately a month because of the structural damage caused by the winds and major flooding of Hurricane Sandy. In order to get students back in the classroom, Robert L. Craig students will be temporarily placed in other schools in Wood-Ridge while their school is repaired. However, these students and their teachers are in desperate need of classroom supplies, as everything has been lost due to Hurricane Sandy. In addition to being temporarily placed in another school building, many of the students in this community have been flooded out of their homes and are currently living in shelters.
A Hurricane Relief Drive for the Robert L. Craig School Drive will take place this weekend in Moonachie and the VHS Student Council is trying to make a contribution to this relief effort. It is asking for school supplies and either cash or gift card donations by Friday, November 9, which can be brought to school. The Verona Fifth Downers, the football parents’ association, will also be accepting donations at this Saturday’s home football game on behalf of the Robert L. Craig School.
The Student Council is looking into other fundraising to help other students affected by Hurricane Sandy, and said this in its e-mail: “The Verona community has always been supportive, caring, and giving, particularly in difficult times. We know that many of you are still trying to sort through the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and are therefore that much more appreciative of any contribution you are able to make at this time. The Verona High School Student Council thanks you for any contribution you are able to make on our behalf to the Robert L. Craig School in Moonachie, NJ.”

A letter went out to all second grade students today announcing this as our service project!

If you are called to help Lexi, the second grade class, Aunt Deondra and reporting Flat Stanley, bring your donations of support cards and supplies gift cards from Wall Mart, Kohl's, KMart or Target for Robert L. Craig School to:

Upper Division: Woods Building-Service-Learning Office/Mrs. Carmen Clay , 405-520-1325.
Middle Division: McClendon Building, Mrs. Semet's Science Room
Lower Division: Powell Building, Mrs. Poplin's Second Grade Room

Donations will be taken to Lexi Brooks who in turn will mail them to Mrs. Deondra Shropshire on November 20th to deliver to Robert L. Craig School. Thank you to the hearts called to help.