September 18, 2013

Heroes – From Anonymous to National News

Friends' families and neighbors helping clear mud
in the Mariposa neighborhood on Saturday

Through this blog, I’m sending a massive, heartfelt and genuine thank you hug to everyone in our community.

This has been an extraordinary week, one that I hope none of us ever witness again, not in our lifetimes, not even in a hundred years.

Thank you for your kindness, flexibility, understanding, and offers of support for our school.  More importantly, thank you for the incredible outreach that so many in our school community (and wider Boulder community) have received from each other.

Friends’ School Parent Council is compiling a list of things that people in our community need as a result of the flood including personal items, clothing, pet help, childcare, laundry, food preparation, grocery shopping, cleanup, lodging, appliances, transportation, and anything else that may be helpful. At the same time, we are creating a list of people who would like to help and how they are able to pitch in.  

Please email stating what you need or what you can do.  Our hope is to connect people who need help with people who are best able to meet those needs.

Many of our Friends’ families are using social media to ask for support or to know where help is needed.  The Donate Boulder Facebook page in particular has been successful in getting the right resources and manpower (and womanpower) to the right places.

There are so many heart-warming stories of people helping people.  To highlight a few runs the risk of overlooking countless deserving others.  Many good deeds are done quietly and
anonymously and never reach the attention of the rest of us. 

Some are too good not to share.

When word went out that certain neighborhoods where our families live were in dire need of help, many other families raced right over. One of our teachers stayed in Lyons a day longer than advised, partly to be able to bring with her the baby stuff needed by her colleagues and neighbors who both have babies nine months old or younger.

Our teachers who have been displaced in Lyons have received several offers of housing from parents and others.  When our preschool was declared inhabitable for children, one family offered for the kids, teachers and parents to re-connect at their farm.

Staff and parents have spent their free time, even after a long day of work, responding to the needs of strangers.  Our preschool team, unable to be with kids, volunteered their time with flood relief organizations. Students have donated their allowance money to flood-related causes.

I am very grateful to several of our staff members, particularly those who live in close proximity to the school, who were on campus every day early in the morning and late at night checking on the facility and the floodwaters, and providing us all with the information we needed to make good decisions.  They also ventured out in their cars checking on nearby road conditions before we decided to open the elementary school on Monday.

One of my heroes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” We have plenty of heroes in Boulder this week.

And if you haven’t heard of Mandy Stepanovsky’s dramatic 2 mile hike out of Lyons, baby in tow, only to be faced with a mudslide through the house they arrived at safely in Boulder, check out this link to the live CNN interview.  You can watch it here.

This community is already stronger from the events of the last week.  Thank you all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please keep us parents of Friends updated with any needs within our community...big or small! In service! - Jason O.