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Love for Woodmore Campaign

 --Cards were signed by every staff member for Woodmore faculty members during a sorting and signing gathering at Ringgold Elementary.  Pictured are Valeria Coney, Sandi Gibson, Rebecca Johnson, Tami Fava, Myra Robbins, Blair Giannamore, Angie Roach, Renee Cross, Laura Whitely, and Heather Coulter
--Cards were signed by every staff member for Woodmore faculty members during a sorting and signing gathering at Ringgold Elementary. Pictured are Valeria Coney, Sandi Gibson, Rebecca Johnson, Tami Fava, Myra Robbins, Blair Giannamore, Angie Roach, Renee Cross, Laura Whitely, and Heather Coulter

After hearing of the tragedy that occurred in late November at Woodmore Elementary, 4th grade teacher, Valeria Coney, felt led to initiate a Be the Good project to benefit the staff and community of Woodmore. As Catoosa schools were on Thanksgiving break at the time, social media was enlisted to get the word out to the Ringgold Elementary community. Art supplies, Christmas crafts, snacks & drinks, and school supplies were requested, as well as food items for the families who had suffered loss. Wood Station Elementary, Ringgold Primary, and Ringgold Middle also joined the effort, bringing loads of donations to RES. Also, RES business partners, Coca-Cola Bottling and Webb Dentistry graciously contributed bottled water and Capri-suns for over 400 students at Woodmore. Teachers and staff members met on two afternoons to sort items and fill large utility buckets. The community collected enough donations to make 18 baskets--one for each classroom, six baskets for resource/connection teachers and office staff, six boxes for the families, and two boxes for The Ronald McDonald House. A group of RES teachers traveled to Woodmore on December 1st to deliver all of the baskets. Mrs. Valeria Coney, project leader, shared, "We have definitely accepted the challenge from Graysville Elementary to "Be the Good", and this call to action is just one example that we have actively looked for ways to teach our students to do good and feel good. We want to use that good to lift spirits and provide hope/joy which were the motivating factors in encouraging others to give. Many of our contributors were teachers who wanted to support the endeavors of other teachers. We recognize that Woodmore's teachers are on the front line and will be able to directly influence their students by shaping them and showing them that there is good in the world. The tragedy experienced by Woodmore affects society as a whole, and we wanted to not only give back to those who are on the front line directly helping students but to be able to pay it forward in return for what the surrounding communities have provided to the North Georgia community. We want the school to feel loved and to be able to focus on something good by sharing art & craft supplies, snacks and other needed items. Mrs. Cothran, Woodmore Elementary Principal, continuously expressed her deepest gratitude, thanks and appreciation of our community's efforts. She stated that the response from Chattanooga and surrounding areas has been significant and that we provided a great service in sharing items that her staff could immediately put to use in having fun with their students." The RES family is to be commended, once again, for their generous spirit and desire to "be the change [we] wish to see in the world." (Ghandi)

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