Colchester Students and Community Members Shine Yet Again

What an amazingly generous, warmhearted community this is.

As we announced in our November 30 CSD Spotlight article, Malletts Bay School launched Project Giving Tree to help fulfill the holiday wishes of New York City children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Colchester community members took up the challenge in earnest—including a young child who asked his mother to purchase a gift for the New York City children instead of for him—collectively amassing an astounding 160 gifts!

MBS's Project Giving Tree collected thirty boxes of gifts

MBS’s Project Giving Tree collected thirty boxes of gifts.

MBS also had tremendous community support from area organizations, including employees of Dwight Asset Management with their contribution of forty-eight wrapped gifts, Vermont Teddy Bear for its donation of ten bears, Eileen Moore—who offered her truck to transport the gifts to Burlington International Airport—charity shipment of the gifts to New York City by JetBlue, and WPTZ for assisting in publicizing news about the project.

Principal Julie Benay expresses her appreciation for the community's generosity with Project Giving Tree.

Principal Julie Benay expresses her appreciation for the community’s generosity with Project Giving Tree.

To view a video of Project Giving Tree, please click here.

At Porters Point School, students created cards for students at Harry S. Truman Elementary School in Sayreville, New Jersey. The cards, along with books purchased by PPS parent Susan Bokelberg, were sent along to the New Jersey students to help lift their spirits in the aftermath of the historic storm. Please click here to watch a fabulous video of the students’ cards and heartfelt messages of care and concern.

Upon receipt of the care package on December 19, Harry S. Truman Elementary School’s guidance counselor, Nikki, Panza, wrote, “We received the package! Our school opened it together and we are so touched by the cards and books. The inside of the books with class pictures and signatures brought us to tears. The fact that you took the trouble to organize everything was the cherry on top. I cannot begin to tell you how much this means to us and our children. Our principal is currently out on leave so she has not yet had a chance to see it, but I am positive she will be blown away by your generosity and thoughtfulness.”

The project was organized by Susan Bokelberg and Lyndsy Blais—many, many thanks to them! To view a slideshow of the endeavor, please visit PPS’s PBIS blog page.

It is both an honor and an inspiration to be a part of such an incredible community. Happy Holidays to you all!

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