The West Hartford United Methodist Church Nursery School hosted a drive-by donation.
By Ronni Newton
Preschoolers from the West Hartford United Methodist Church Nursery School have been missing their teachers over the past several weeks, with the school closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a choreographed drive-by event Friday, the kids and teachers had a chance to see each other and “visit” from a safe distance.
The drive-by also served as a donation collection for the Friendship Service Center in New Britain – a soup kitchen and shelter, and a mission that the Methodist Church has been supporting for many years with Thanksgiving meals, move-in baskets, and birthday bags.
Nursery School Director Lisa Brown welcomed parents and their carloads of students at the entrance to the parking lot, placing their donations in a bin at the curb.
“All your favorite teachers and I will be outside the entrance of the school … and we are inviting you to drive through with your family and give us a big wave and honk from your cars! We miss not seeing our school family and thought everyone would appreciate a safe opportunity to reconnect with each other,” Brown said in a letter to parents in advance of the event, which was one of the schools’s distance learning projects.
“Due to the current crisis, there are many families in acute need of food, among other things,” Brown said. Items requested, and collected, included kid-friendly packaged snack foods like crackers, jello cups, pudding cups, granola bars, cheese sticks, gogurts, juice boxes, and fruit snacks.
“This is such a good gesture of community coming together during these difficult times,” said Al Cortes, who works in administration at the nursery school.
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