We at GMSD are incredibly fortunate to make our homes here
in the wonderful area that is Germantown, but, because of how fortunate so many
in this area are, it is often easy to forget about those struggling alongside
to make ends meet. Riverdale Elementary made a point this season to reach out
and serve those less fortunate in our own community through a variety of
First, Riverdale partnered with the Salvation Army’s Angel
Tree program. Angel Tree works to provide those unable to afford gifts with toys,
stuffed animals, clothing, and more for their children to open on Christmas
morning. Riverdale teachers and parents donated hundreds of dollars to sponsor
those at Riverdale qualifying for this program and ensure that the entire
student body would wake up to a special holiday morning.
The generosity then continued on with their new Snack Pack
“Riverdale is sending home food back packs with students on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to help meet the needs of struggling
families.” explained guidance counselor Kathleen Fisher, who spearheaded the
Again funded by donations from parents and teachers, the
bags are packed with after-school snacks and treats for students who may not
have access to afternoon snacks in their own home. These snacks are then
specially packaged by student volunteers, and then discreetly put in student’s
backpacks by staff.
We are so thankful to the faculty and family at Riverdale
for being so willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Please support
the continuation of these fantastic efforts if you can.