Schmitt Elementary Families Receive “Blessing Boxes” of Groceries, Supplies

TRANSCRIPT: A school, is so much more than just a place to learn. “It’s been an evolving process to making sure we’re meeting all the needs of our students and families.” For some… it’s a lifeline. To food, and clothing……

Schmitt Elementary Families Receive "Blessing Boxes" of Groceries, Supplies

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A school, is so much more than just a place to learn.

“It’s been an evolving process to making sure we’re meeting all the needs of our students and families.”

For some… it’s a lifeline.
To food, and clothing…
To community.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty.”

With the global pandemic keeping all Denver Public Schools closed through at least the summer…

“Kids are feeling uncertain. Families are feeling uncertain. And we don’t have all the answers.”

Nor can Schmitt Elementary Social Worker Beth Crance and her colleagues – as a school – take care of every family’s needs.

“You know, there’s a need that we have… we think, who can we ask?”

Then again

“Maybe even before school was canceled…”

The Schmitt community, has never really been alone.

“And kind of said, ‘What can we do for Schmitt?'”

Since the early 2000s, Wellshire Church has asked that question.
Supporting Schmitt with campus improvements.
Delivering holiday gifts.
Volunteering to read at the school.
And more recently:

“We came in to say what is the need?”

The big one: trips to the grocery store… for staples and cleaning supplies.

“We have the opportunity… we have the passion to serve. And we need to be those hands and feet.”

More than 60 Wellshire congregants have signed up to make grocery runs, and safely deliver ‘blessing boxes’ to 21 Schmitt families.

“I feel, you know, cared for.”

Including Frankisha Massey.
She and her husband have five kids – four of them attend Schmitt.

“You know I feel actually pretty special, actually. (laughs) you know it’s like Christmas when they come, I’m like yaaay!”

It means 3 fewer grocery trips a week for this family.
Keeping them safe – food secure – and able to keep paying the bills.

“Having the help with that food… it was a blessing.”

Susana Huerta has three kids – and a lot to juggle, working nights and helping out with remote learning.
The blessing boxes keep her going.

“I’m feeling like a super woman right now. You know? I can do this, I can do that, I can do everything I want right now.”

“This is about removing barriers for learning, for living, for having a positive life.”

A school is so much more than a place to learn.
And this community effort

“It’s bigger than the baskets.”

…is so much more than groceries, and supplies.

“It’s regular contact with the outside world right now. It’s knowing there’s just consistent support being provided.”

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