We are thinking about you, and sending love to you and your family and the whole Richmond community. These are unprecedented times. We know that the impacts of the Coronavirus are going to have different impacts on different communities. The superintendent of RPS Jason Kamras said it well in a recent email, “ I am most concerned about those within our community who already struggle with the injustices that come with poverty, institutionalized racism, and/or immigration status. This extended closure will only amplify these injustices.”
So whoever you are and however this epidemic is impacting life for you and yours, please know that our hearts are with you, and together we will come out of this on the other side.
STAY RVA will be supporting ongoing efforts led by RPS and its partners. We will help get the word out about the Herculean efforts of the entire RPS community. The food distribution and drop offs are a wonderful example of folks making it happen. Seriously, we are ever so thankful to each of you.
Here are two specific ways you can help.
- Make a donation to the RPS Education Foundation which is directly giving money to the school system to help with coronavirus efforts. This money will be spent on foods and basic needs first and then education efforts. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/rpscoronavirusresponse
- Communities In Schools is collecting the following items for RPS families: cleaning supplies, paper towels, and diapers. Please drop them off on Tuesdays between 10:00am-12:00pm at:
2922 W. Marshall St. Ste. 2
Richmond, VA 23230
Also, many folks have kids at home these days and we thought it might be the perfect time to share a little joy. Join us on social media as we STAY Positive. Check out some pictures here to see smiling faces from across our community. Or share some of your best examples of STAYing Positive with firstname.lastname@example.org or add to our social media thread.
STAY Positive Pictures
Families find ways to STAY Positive during time away from friends and school.
A Few Great Quotes
“Love encourages us to become the best version of ourselves. Love is essentially constructive. We choose to love ourselves. We choose to love another. We choose to love our relatives and friends. We choose to love our people. We choose to love humanity.” – Bell Hooks
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -Desmond Tutu
“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” -Desmond Tutu