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Applewild Kids Rally to Help Houston

October 19, 2017 GMT

FITCHBURG -- Members of the Applewild School community have engaged with two Houston-area schools to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Through a program called Principals Helping Principals, Applewild faculty member Kyle Gillis connected with two schools in Houston -- Green Valley Elementary and Roberts Middle School.

“We are glad we did this, because with ever-evolving world events, Houston is far in the rear-view mirror now in terms of charity and recovery efforts,” Gillis said about the outreach to the two schools.

Applewild’s Lower School families donated basic school supplies to Green Valley Elementary School.

“Our students love to work hard to make the world a better place and this effort allows them to make other children just a little happier in the face of devastation. The generosity of spirit and caring thoughts that our students demonstrate are affirming,” said Applewild’s Lower School Head Tally Lent.

She said Applewild students used money they had saved and allowances to buy school supplies and others went shopping for supplies with their parents.

“Parents and children were glad to be able to give some very specific and targeted help where it is needed,” said Lent.

Applewild’s Upper School families are focusing their efforts on the Roberts Middle School library, specifically gathering young-adult books to replenish those lost in the hurricane.

“It has been great to see the enthusiasm of our students as they have participated in this effort. We take time to reflect with our students what it would be like to have such devastation to our school, so they have really thought about it and really feel the power of helping to make a difference,” said Erica Hager, Applewild’s Upper School head, adding Applewild families were also collecting new and gently used young adult books to help rebuild the students’ home libraries.

On Friday, Oct. 6, Applewild students and teachers packed and shipped the supplies and donations to the two Houston schools.

In all, 27 boxes were shipped. Applewild is grateful for the assistance of the families, students and faculty members who made contributions to this effort, in addition to Pak Mail in Fitchburg for providing 25 percent off of the cost of shipping the items.

Applewild School is a co-educational, independent day school for grades preschool through eight. Applewild at Devens is a year-round, curriculum-based preschool and pre-kindergarten that offers Applewild families transportation to the main campus in Fitchburg.