P.S. 89 sends love and backpacks to Katrina kids
Students at P.S. 89 and their siblings recently collected 45 backpacks to give to children affected by Hurricane Katrina. They stuffed the bags with school supplies, books and personal items such as handmade necklaces, as part of a program organized by Volunteers for America.
Many of the students at the Battery Park City school also sent letters. Here are two:
Dear lst or 2nd grader,
I hope you like these school supplies and backpack. I am sorry you lost your home and everything of yours. Here are some things to start again. I hope you find a good school and a great home. I was near the World Trade Center when it got knocked down and had to leave for a year. People were nice to me and gave me things. I know your situation was much worse, but I hope you get the same love people gave to me.
Someone named Sophia Williams
Dear Someone Who Gets this Backpack,
We are so sorry for what you and your family went through with Hurricane Katrina. We hope youre able to go back to your school or you can go to a new school. We hope this backpack and these supplies help.
Even though we dont know you personally yet, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
If you want you can write my sister and I and let us know how things are going for you.
Chloe & Katherine Lombardi
Third and sixth graders, respectively. Katherine is a former P.S. 89 student.