Sometimes, when you ask, you receive. Cristy learned that when she contacted us a few months ago:
Hi, my name is Cristy Kinahan, Sandy Kinahan’s daughter. My mom told me about your organization recently and that you might be able to send books to the school I am currently teaching at in the Dominican Republic. Of course I would need to talk with our school directors but please let me know if there is anything I need to or can do in order to make this a possibility. I teach at Saint David School in the city of Santiago. It is a bilingual school for students from three years old through high school. I teach American curriculum to first and second graders. This year has definitely been a blast and an amazing experience. Though I have learned so much, it also has made me grateful for the ample amount of resources that were available to me growing up in District 47. Because the school has split curriculum between Dominican and American, our English resources are limited. Any donation would be helpful, these students are energetic to learn the language and better their lives. I have seen your organizations website and love the incredible things you are doing in Zambia to help those students in need. I hope that extending your good wills to the Dominican Republic is a possibility as well.
After a few weeks of back and forth, the A to Z team decided to send a shipment of books. Here’s the response:
The books arrived yesterday!!!! We are so excited! It was also my director’s birthday and “Dia del Libro” so it was perfect! Wow, we cannot thank you enough, these books are amazing and I cannot believe how many there are and in such great condition! My director and I presented the books to the school today and they are on display in our tiny library. Though they cannot be checked out until all are stamped and registered, classes are invited to visit and see all of your amazing donations. I took my first graders today and they had a blast! We let them explore different picture books and then did a couple read alouds, they were amazed and so excited! I also had a few sixth graders take a peek and they found some interesting texts as well. Our school is so incredibly grateful for your efforts and generosity, we cannot express it enough. I have attached a few pictures I took today of my students. We will update you further on our excitement and joy but I just wanted to send you a quick message to let you know that we received the six packages!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!