The following was sent in an email from Mary Valenza, Site Coordinator, Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, Communities In Schools of Richmond

Good evening dedicated Volunteers & Partners!
I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at school today!  I was greeted by the always positive Bob Argabright who has been doing a wonderful job managing food distribution this week, engaging families and students who visit and keeping order.  Thank you, BOB for always going above and beyond to support the OGB community!!!

Today over 460 meals were distributed.  Yesterday the total was over 630 and over 550 on Tuesday.  Volunteers have been working hard and they come from all over- from our faith partners, from community partners, and from the school.  

Distributions are also taking place in two of our school neighborhoods, Hillside Court and James River Villas.  I feel confident that most of our families will be able to get what they need from one of the 3 local sites.  My understanding is that Trinity UMC is collecting baby supplies which will be really helpful to our families!  Today, RPS dropped off grade level packets for families to take home- they contain a bunch of great learning activities for students to keep busy.  

Ms. Thomas and Ms. Kohler from our Kindergarten Team helped with food bags today!  I loved hearing they ways they (and others) have connected with students and families while we are apart.  I hope to share more on that soon! 

There is still time to sign up to help with food distribution at OGBES or another school site- sign up here
Thank you for what you are doing for our community and others.  Be safe,

Mary Valenza
Site Coordinator, Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary SchoolCommunities In Schools of Richmond