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One of Summit ESC’s Preschool Classes Extends Help to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Posted: 10/11/2017

A preschool class located at Maplewood Gardens recently pulled its resources together to help a class in Texas rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The preschool program is offered as part of the Woodridge Local School District and is one of the Summit Educational Service Center’s (ESC) 12 preschool partners.

With the help of the Summit ESC, the class was able to send boxes of art and school supplies to the affected class in Texas.

Preschool Teacher Kaitlyn Robinson was touched by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and decided to turn it into a learning experience for her students. Through the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Adopt-a-Classroom project, Robinson was matched with a class that was similar to her own.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to teach our students a lesson about helping others,” Robinson said. “We were so happy to be able to help another teacher and her students in the wake of this natural disaster.”

Robinson’s class gathered supplies including markers, crayons, Play Dough, clay, scissors, glue, pens, pencils, construction paper and more, filling two large boxes.

“We are always looking for ways to help schools outside of our county,” said Kristin Fazio, director of student services at the Summit ESC. “Even these everyday items make a big difference when your school has lost everything, so we immediately wanted to help when Kaitlyn told us about the project.”

The class also created cards with the help of Robinson and Classroom Assistant Shannon Anicas for the fellow students that were sent with the care packages. Upon receiving the packages, the Texas teacher told Robinson, “these gifts are more meaningful than you can imagine.”

“Our goal at the Summit ESC is to show students the impact they can have on the world around them,” said Summit ESC Superintendent Joe Iacano. “This was the perfect opportunity to show the students in the Woodridge preschool program that they could make a difference while also benefitting victims of a disaster.”