The RE community came together quickly to try to help those suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, engaging in a two-day relief drive for The Bahamas that filled up the art gallery at the upper school and atrium at the middle school with tarps, bottled water, bleach, first aid supplies, toiletries, towels and other items.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni dropped off supplies Sept. 5-6; RE students sorted the items and packed them into dozens of boxes; and RE faculty and alumni delivered the donations to a designated City of Miami drop-off location on Sept. 7.
Head of School Penny Townsend and faculty member Astrid Dalins arranged the drive in partnership with Christ Episcopal Church, which is located in a historically Bahamian neighborhood. Faculty members Jenny Carson '03 and Kristine Stump at the upper school and Pete Dipace, Alexandra Gunner and J.P. Arrastia at the middle school helped execute the effort on each campus.
A team of alumni, faculty and staff loaded the dozens of boxes of supplies on to a trailer and drove them to the Fire Training Center in Miami, where they were transferred to a shipping container. RE staff helped, along with alumni Ryan Holtzman '00, Emerson Fales '86 and Carson; RE faculty Flavia Araripe, Gus Palacios, Kelly Jackson and Frances Alexander. Carson, Holtzman and Fales were interviewed by NBC-6, which had a news team at the center.
Christ Episcopal Church, a drop-off location for the City of Miami's official hurricane relief response, directed RE's team to the fire training center.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.