It was a day off school (to be safe) for us, with perhaps the temporary inconvenience of a power outage or branches to pick up, but for many along the Panhandle of Florida and southwest Georgia, it was a devastating night and morning. We are learning that many in our EDS family have roots in the places hardest hit, and that family and friends there are facing damage, displacement, and even total destruction. Our hearts go out to everyone and our prayers surround them, of course, but we would also like to make a tangible gift of love and support.
On Thursday, November 15, with a minimum donation of $2, students and faculty in first through eighth grades are invited to dress down (according to handbook guidelines) and students in the threes through kindergarten are invited to wear hats. Given the magnitude of the need (and of our blessings), we would encourage donations as generous as you are able, please!
The next day (Friday, November 16) at our 8:30 a.m. All School Thanksgiving Chapel, we will present our gift to the Right Reverend Scott A. Benhase, 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, so that he can share what we give among the people of the Episcopal Churches hardest hit, in Albany, Americus, and Bainbridge. We will be sure to take some photographs (on the dress down day and during the presentation to the Bishop) to share with the parishes receiving our gifts, as messages of encouragement to them.