Dear Whittier Elementary Volunteers,
Thank you so much for your service on August 23. In just a few short hours, we beautified the campus by planting bushes and flowers, painting murals, touching up poles and doors and generally putting the shine back on the campus. Each bit of effort was noticed. I was blessed to represent St. Andrew’s on Thursday morning when Principal Scott Wilcox shared a slide presentation of before and after shots with school staff. The teachers were so appreciative and all smiles – actually laughing and cheering as pictures of red crayons, huge dolphins and new plantings appeared on the screen.
Your efforts not only blessed the school, but they reminded the teachers that they are not alone. They work in a community that cares for them. Thanks to your service, St. Andrew’s now enjoys a relationship of growing trust, built on a shared vision for the students’ academic success. Keep an eye out for more on this during Send Weekend (Sept. 20/21).
We’re excited about the opportunities to work together moving forward. Six St. Andrew’s volunteers have already committed to joining the Volunteer Reading Team, which will start in early October. These people will spend 1.5 hrs./wk reading to students at the K-3 grade levels. As we work alongside teachers and students to address educational preparedness at Whittier, we trust there will be God-directed opportunities to share our faith in word as well as deed.
Thank you and may God bless you richly for your service,