When the Haiti tragedy struck people took note. The Barnard PTA took almost immediate action. Within one or two days in my daughters backpack came a quick and heartfelt request for donations by the PTA on behalf of Haiti. The note was specific in what was required and the parents really came through.
My daughter was so impressed with the stacks and stacks of cases of bottled water that went almost up the the ceiling and the length of some wall in the school. It was a sight she will likely never forget. I appreciate that she was able to witness this major and spontaneous outpouring of generosity. It made a big impression on her that will likely yield dividends.
One teacher circulated an email requesting boxes. There were so many donations they needed to be packaged. A truck was coming at pick up, could parents bring boxes, she asked. Parents came through with boxes. Sammarco Stone & Supply donated a truck. Teachers loaded the truck. It was an astonishing display of teamwork and generosity.
The teacher later emailed "When I saw all of the boxes ready to go, it made me so proud to be a part of such a caring community."