Meet Blue Creek 6th grade student, Abigail Powell; “North Colonie Kids Care” October 2015 feature.
Blue Creek sixth grader Abigail Powell turned 11 this past summer, and like many children, enjoyed a birthday party to celebrate. But what made this party different than ones in her past, is Abigail asked her friends to bring school supplies for needy families at her school in lieu of gifts.
“Some people take it for granted,” said Abigail. “They may think, school supplies are so cheap. But for some people, it’s hard enough to buy food and water.”
With the help and generosity of her friends and family, Abigail delivered a large box of supplies to Blue Creek Principal Trapini’s office before school started. Inside were notebooks, pencils, folders, glue sticks, highlighters, and markers.”
“We’ve had several families take advantage already, but we still have a lot of supplies that will carry us through the school year,” said Trapini. “It was very generous of her, as well as the other kids who participated.”
“One of things that’s special about Blue Creek in general, is there really is a focus on caring about one another,” added Abigail’s mother, Allyson Powell. “I want Abigail to understand there are kids who don’t have the luxury or the excitement of being able to buy school supplies before school starts. The thought that they can come to Blue Creek with their mom or dad, and have that same experience without worrying about the financial implications is a great thing.”
Abigail says she hopes her collection will become a yearly event at Blue Creek.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have a child who chose to do this all on her own and that we have other children who were excited to participate,” said Trapini. “I hope it’s one of those things that is contagious!”