I’m sitting in my warm house (now that my heater has been fixed!), watching the snow cover my yard and the driveway I shoveled off this morning.
I feel very fortunate.
However, this past week, I visited a home of a recently resettled refugee family and found that the heat was not on. Not knowing how the heater worked, they had unplugged it. And we’ve been working to get it back on and to teach them how to use it, instead of relying on a tiny space heater. I feel so lucky that I was reaching out now, during a week that has been the coldest this season.
And this visit also brought to light a need for boots at our middle and high schools. Elementary schools often get help because the need is widely published. Word travels quickly in an elementary school. But in middle and high schools, we teach more in silos, where a few people know a lot about some students. But we don’t know the next student/teacher’s plight.
I’m out to change that.
If you live in Vermont’s Chittenden County, and you have some gently used boots that might help out these young people sitting in our classrooms, please let me know. If you don’t live here, but you’d like to help out, contact me.
Here’s what I’m looking for, for students in middle and high school:
- Young men, sizes 5, 6.5, 7, 7.5
- Young women, sizes 4, 4, 8, 8.5
Let me know if you can help!