The Ransom Everglades community donated thousands of school supplies and classroom items to Frances S. Tucker Elementary and St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center in Coconut Grove through a "REsponsibility" drive organized by four seniors. Rachel Bienstock '21, Sebastian Mateu '21, Daniel Mateu '21 and Gabe Pulido '21 carried out the collection and delivery, ensuring that Ransom Everglades families provided direct and meaningful assistance to some 500 underserved students.
Students and parents dropped off items during the laptop and supplies distribution on both campuses August 22-23. By the end of the weekend, RE families had filled more than 50 large boxes with supplies ranging from notebooks to folders to whiteboard materials, which were stored in the Ransom Cottage until they were delivered the week of August 30.
"During the past six months, we have witnessed the pandemic disproportionately affect various members of our community," the students wrote in a letter to their peers, requesting donations. "In Miami-Dade County, people are struggling in many different ways, and students will face unprecedented challenges this year. ... Families and schools in lower-income communities may be unable to provide essential school supplies and technology to their children. Although the county is making a conscious effort to accommodate every student, access to resources will be limited, and we need your help."
Ransom Everglades has a long history with St. Alban's and Tucker; the former participates in the school's annual St. Alban's Day, and the latter connects with RE through student tutoring.
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.