Aylett raises funds for tornado-devastated school
Students, faculty and staff at Aylett Country Day School at Millers Tavern participated in a “Would You CARE Enough to Wear Jeans?” fundraiser on Tornado Preparedness Day, March 20.
In light of the recent tornados in Kentucky, Louisiana and Illinois, the students of Aylett Country Day School decided to reach out to their neighbors in West Liberty, Kentucky, to help with much-needed contributions. West Liberty Elementary was completely devastated by the tornado; many homes were destroyed and lives were lost.
The fund-raising efforts were born out of a desire to offer aid to a community of people who had suffered a great loss, especially the approximately 245 children who no longer had an elementary school.
Immediately after the tornado, volunteers from various nearby communities, and “God’s Pit Crew” from Danville, Va., began renovating an abandoned warehouse in West Liberty to make a new elementary school. Aylett Country Day School wanted to be a part of the rebuilding.
West Liberty Elementary ScVickie Olfield, principal of West Liberty Elementary School, was surprised and grateful to know that a small school in Essex County, Va., would care enough to help their students.She received a check for $1,326.00 to benefit their children.
“At Aylett Country Day School, community service not only takes place locally; we believe that our ‘community’ extends well beyond the county limits,” said Aylett head of school Nancy Haynes. “This week, 162 students, their faculty and staff made a real difference.”
The school hopes to keep in communication with the students at West Liberty Elementary to see how their school year progresses.