As First Children School is going through unprecedented times right now, we are learning to adjust accordingly, and we have a wonderful team working together to make this happen. We know that this is also new for the families who started receiving prepared learning packets in mid March when the school closed. They, too, must adjust their lives accordingly. Our teams, with no second thoughts, are there for support via text, phone calls, and emails. However, we recognize that our families have needs other than academic and therapeutic support for their children. We have always had families who have struggled financially, but now, we have more families struggling financially and many for the first time. During a staff meeting, we put our heads together to think of a way to support families who are struggling financially during this pandemic.
We knew we didn’t have the means to relieve all of a family’s financial burdens, but we felt that we could help to let them know that we are thinking of them and hopefully, bring a smile to their faces. Just sending a little pick-me-up to those who may be going through difficult times can make a difference to a family. After putting our heads together, teacher Christine Korecki-Diaz and her teacher assistants Roseanne Braithwaite and Virginia Arocho came up with the “Adopt a Family” program idea. Each month, we will be sending care packages to a select group of families who we know are struggling financially during this difficult time. The care packages, worth about $100 each, include food delivery gift cards, sanitizing products, snacks, and other items to bring cheer to the whole family. We want them to know that we are thinking of them beyond the schoolwork being sent home. We, at First Children School, are fortunate to continue to be employed, and we want to pay our gratitude forward to those who are not fortunate enough to be in our position.