A surprise straight from a storybook

Liz Gallen in Classroom

Liz Gallen with her family, after leading a classroom activity.

Supporters never cease to surprise us with their talents and ideas for sharing them with our students and families. Liz Gallen has a talent for storytelling, which she has collected in a charming children’s book called The Goonerberry Farm. The book is a collection of stories that she used to tell to her kids, and later her grandkids. Each story tells of a different dog that was rescued, and the family that rescued them.

The Goonerberry FarmLiz brought along a copy of the book for our preschool, and together, they read the book and made puppets to act out the story. The kids and teachers were so taken by the story and getting to meet the author that they decided to surprise Liz with a special thank-you. At the Vision Team’s goodbye ceremony, the preschool students came dressed up as puppies from the book and sang a special song for her.

Liz Gallen learned about Common Hope last March, when she went on a Pueblo Tour in Guatemala. Since then, she has been exploring ways she could come back and volunteer with her daughter Diane. She ended up planning a volunteer trip for the whole family, bringing her daughter as well as her son Keith, daughter-in-law Kim, and teenaged grandkids AJ and Kaitlyn.

The family has continued to find more ways to get involved, too. Both Diane and Keith sponsored while in Guatemala, and Diane has done a book drive at work to grace our library with more engaging and charming books that will teach children a love of reading. Thanks much to the Gallen family for your creative and enthusiastic support.

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4 Responses to A surprise straight from a storybook

  1. Lie Gallen June 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    What a lovely article about an experience our family loved and will never forget! Common Hope is the perfect place in which to do something like this and it enriched all of our lives-young and old. I welcome any inquiries about doing this kind of service as the recipients appreciate it so much.

    • Linda Jenkins June 17, 2014 at 1:33 am #

      Liz has heard of Common Hope much longer than this article indicates as I’ve raved about CH since I spent a month there the summer of 2000. I was thrilled when she finally went to Antigua & saw Common Hope for the first time. She came back from this experience as most do when they’re in love. Tamalyn is such an awesome director….how could she not. Ms Gallen is a most special lady!!

      • Lizz Weidenbach June 17, 2014 at 9:40 am #

        Linda – How great of you to pass on the word about CH. You’ve obviously inspired others to get involved, and for that we are very grateful! Thank you for your support over the years. It makes such a difference!


    • Lizz Weidenbach June 17, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      Liz – We are glad you enjoyed the article! It was such a fun story and activity. Thanks again for sharing your talents with us and the students.

      -Lizz Weidenbach
      Marketing & Communications Manager

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