‘One person stole from us, but a hundred people paid us back’; Casterlin School Thanks the Community
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In early March, I wrote a letter to the editor about a theft at Casterlin School. Someone had broken in and stolen $3,000 in quarters from our Parent Organization, Friends of Casterlin School (FOCS). FOCS works tirelessly to benefit the school in many ways, and in reality the money was stolen from the students.
Initially, we were all devastated, hurt, and angry at the violation to our school. We were dismayed that someone would choose to steal from children.
However, shortly after submitting the letter, we started receiving phone calls, messages, and letters – and money. People from across the states heard about the theft and sent a contribution to us. A teacher created a Facebook donation page, and we received more donations there. All told, we have received almost double the amount stolen, and we are so humbled by this kindness and support. As one student said, “One person stole from us, but a hundred people paid us back.”
We at Casterlin School would like to thank all of you who have supported us with money, kind words, and sharing our story. There are a few bad apples out there, but this world still has many good hearts. Thank you!
Respectfully submitted by Jennifer Kubik, teacher