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.
Liz 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.