Life School News and Notes
Life School Cedar Hill Elem. Receives Over $5K To Help Restore Damaged Classrooms
With classrooms damaged by February’s winter storm, Life School Cedar Hill Elementary (LSCH) faced another setback to a year already upended by the pandemic. But, hope was not lost when local organizations and the Life School (LS) community lent a hand in a time of need.
Unable to open half of its campus for nearly a month, LSCH joined dozens throughout the state in the aftermath of severe weather damages. Sitting dormant in freezing temperatures, a sprinkler head on the second floor of LSCH broke and flooded classrooms, hallways, and offices. Since then, Life School’s Operations team has been working hard to coordinate repair services and restore ceilings, walls, flooring, and more.
“All of my binders from college that I’ve been collecting things in that can’t be replaced - that was all destroyed,” said Emily Little, LSCH Teacher, of her lost teaching materials. “And all of my class pictures of my students that we take every year - gone.”
“They [students] all want to come back because they miss each other,” added Mary Gish, LSCH Teacher, of her students' reaction to half the school closing due to damages.
Life School’s Education Foundation (LSEF) received generous donations from across the LS district, families, and The Parvin Group. Thanks to these donations, LSEF presented a check for $3,000 last Friday, March 26, to help teachers replace personal classroom instructional items.
“Thank you for all of the collaboration, support, and donations,” expressed Chris Carter, Principal of LSCH. “The community, the togetherness, the love has been great. They [donors and volunteers] just pulled us in and put their arms around us and we love it.”
The elementary school also received a $1,300 contribution to buy books for its library; accepted over 2,500 donated books to rebuild classroom libraries; and hosted volunteers from across the district to help teachers ready classrooms for reopening. And the giving didn’t stop there, an additional $1,000 was given to the Life High School Oak Cliff campus to help repair its classrooms, breakrooms, and administrative areas that were also affected by the storm.
“The Life School family and our community partners really pulled together during this time to support our students and our teachers,” said Eddie Davis, Life School’s Chief Development Officer, of the check presentation. “Without the help of community partners and volunteers, we wouldn’t have been able to make such a quick turn around and welcome our students back into the classroom.”
“When they [students] found out that they’ll be able to come back on Monday, they were so excited,” Gish added.
Successfully reopening the school back up on March 29, LSCH students arrived just as Gish and the LSCH staff expected - excited and ready to learn.