Thanks to many, Romeville Elementary Project is a success

As a member of the staff of the Austin Area Learning Center, I would like to thank some of the people that helped make our Romeville Elementary Project a success. Through the efforts of many, we were able to donate supplies to a school destroyed by Hurricane Gustav.

A thank-you goes to the ALC students who gave to the project either through their donations, large and small, or through their work. Some spent money, some relinquished their personal children’s books, some brought in the very supplies their parents had given them, some packed boxes and many helped in the human assembly line getting the packages to the van.

Thank you to Derik Gustafson for his work in organizing the supplies for shipment and his challenge to students, arousing a giving that amounted to about 1,000 pounds of supplies.

A huge thank-you goes to Carla Anderson Diekmann and her husband, Darren, for delivering supplies to Louisiana. They gave a personal touch to our project.

A $500 donation from Richard Knowlton deserves a big thank-you because without it, we would not have been able to send our ambassadors, Carla and Darren, directly to the school.


A thank-you goes to the Postal Carriers Union, who graciously contributed $400 for postage to ship some of the supplies. They literally helped lighten our load.

Thank you to the Happy Hour bowlers. They are a wonderful group of women who help many in need with their financial support.

Thank you to fellow AHS staff and all who contributed during the Homecoming Parade with your financial donations to our donation cans.

Thanks to Romeville Elementary Principal Becky Louque for allowing our school to become linked to hers in a positive relationship which could last for years to come.

This entire project has been an inspiration to me, renewing my faith in our youth and re-enforcing the adage, "It takes a village."

Shirley Peterson Morgan


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