“We at Franklin Elementary School are thoroughly convinced that what you do on our behalf has nothing to do with recognition and letters of gratitude. Your gesture of supplies for our students and families is purely out of love and compassion for children and their livelihood. Once again, friends and neighbors like yourselves have stepped forward to make a difference in peoples lives. At Franklin we say that you have “crossed the line” from settling and making due, over to the side of excellence and service.
We cannot say enough about the gifts you presented. Sometimes I wish you could be a “fly on the wall” when families come in to register at our school. Many are moving apartments, changing or losing jobs, feeding and clothing children, and simply cannot make ends meet. I know you are happy in your “invisibility” not knowing “who gets what” but I wish you could see parents faces!
Three weeks ago, a mother came in to register here, having just moved to town. With paperwork done, and kids assigned to classes, the conversation turned to supply lists, and her face fell. With stores’ costs and a struggling bank account, this would just have to wait. I said to her, “don’t worry, we have generous friends”. She walked out of school that day in tears with a bags full of student needs.
This is what you do for our school and for dozens of families in transition. Please share our gratefulness to your members. Your support leaves us speechless! Have a great year ahead.
Your partner in building children’s lives.”