The National media coverage of the massive flood in Texas may be waning, but there's an elementary school in Alvin, Texas that has made their gratitude known to our students in Cannonsburg.
Ms. Tomi Blankenship, Counselor at Cannonsburg Elementary, knew about the kids at Bill Hasse Elementary in Alvin, Texas, through a family connection. Her niece and nephew's half-sister attends the school.
" I knew from them there was flooding in their area (near Houston) with students' having homes damaged and/or losing their homes," said Blankenship in an email. "Their school was not damaged but was used as a food supply/meal station."
Blankenship says Cannonsburg decided to start collecting basic supplies such as pencils, notebooks, paper and crayons. The students wrote notes to go along with their donations.
"To be quite honest," Blankenship stated, "I shed a few tears as I read the letters and the notes our students wrote to them...so kind and genuine."
The lesson of empathy has far-reaching applications and an opportunity to teach valuable life-lessons. "This month, in the counselor connection lesson, we have talked and demonstrated friendship," said Blankenship, "so it was a nice extended lesson to make friends in Texas!"
Recently, Cannonsburg students received personal 'thank you' letters from Bill Hasse Elementary School.
Pictured above, students at Cannonsburg Elementary hold up 'thank you' letters they received from Bill Hasse Elementary students in Alvin, Texas. Students donated supplies to the school.
Students in Ms. Derbonne class at Bill Hasse Elementary responded when the supplies and letters from Cannonsburg arrived.
" I just wanted to say how much my kiddos LOVED the box of supplies," Derbonne said. "Their smiles were SO big when they read the thoughtful and caring letters from the students at your school!"