Fred Meyer employees help school recover after theft of equipment

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The staff, students and parents of Sterling Elementary School would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to one of the Kenai Peninsula business community's most committed supporters of our public schools Soldotna's Fred Meyer store.

Just two weeks ago, our school was broken into and vandalized. Our staff was traumatized and disheartened by the invasion. Valuable teaching equipment was stolen. Feelings of disappointment and sadness lingered as children and staff alike wondered how or when we would ever recover from such a cowardly act of thievery.

As our good fortune would have it, the very classroom that was robbed, a class of small kindergartners, had just previously gone to the Soldotna Fred Meyer store on a field trip to learn about careers in the community. When the students wrote their thank you cards to the Fred Meyer employees, they also wrote about their recent scary break-in and robbery. The Fred Meyer employees acted without hesitation and donated to their classroom replacements for all of the audio-video equipment that had been stolen a brand new TV and two VCRs. The children and staff were thrilled !

The Soldotna Fred Meyer store employees have restored the educational rhythm that was disrupted in our school. Equally as important, they have reaffirmed the belief of our smallest children that their community does indeed have many kind and wonderful people who care about them.

Thank you from all of us at Sterling Elementary School.

Paul Kubena, principal, Sterling Elementary School

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