While giving thanks is a hallmark of the holiday season, being thankful is never in deficiency here at Saint Andrew’s. On a daily basis, we remind ourselves of how fortunate we are to enjoy a community where the individual is respected and nurtured in mind, body, and spirit. As both a Round Square and an IB school in the Episcopal tradition, Saint Andrew’s is committed to being of service to those who are less fortunate. In these trying and challenging times, it is more important than ever to share our gifts with the greater community and uphold a longstanding tradition to benefit local non-profits.
The Thanksgiving Drive has supported the Boca Helping Hands and the Youth Activity Center organizations for many years, ensuring that those in need can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For over 10 years, students in all three divisions have collaborated to build the hospitality packages, or “baskets,” that ultimately find their way to deserving homes. Baskets consist of stuffing, pie crusts, gravies, and other assorted staples of the season. This year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also added a virtual option that allowed families to contribute to the cost of a basket online.
Given the unexpected hardships that COVID-19 has added to the burden of the less fortunate, the annual Thanksgiving Drive was pleased to partner this year with Katherine Goodman ’24 and her Boca Buckets initiative. Started in conjunction with her brother, recent graduate Matthew Goodman, Boca Buckets is a personal project that typically supplies relief kits to victims of hurricane damage. In these strange and unpredictable times, the buckets were transformed into COVID-19 Kits, including various PPE elements and other essentials for the present time. Katherine’s crucial kits were also donated directly to Boca Helping Hands as part of our school’s collective donation.
While the totals are still being counted, we believe that our combined efforts online and in-person amounted to over 400 baskets! Upon hearing this news, Director of Student Life, Jason Glick, commented, "This is a massive accomplishment and a prime representation of our blessed community’s altruism and holiday spirit. When folks in our community are in need, Saint Andrew’s 'shows up’ every time.”
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for grades Pre-K - 12, Saint Andrew's School is a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.