Thanksgiving Note from Alan
Last week I was with our friends from Central Synagogue while they served 400 Thanksgiving meals to the students and families of PS 188. The scene was festive and loud with the sounds of children laughing and eating. The traditional Thanksgiving meal was tasty and filled everyone with the holiday spirit.
For the students of PS 188, this was a needed meal and one they won’t soon forget. With 97% of the students on the free school lunch program, and 40% living in temporary shelters, this was a chance to feel taken care of, a chance to relax and enjoy themselves.
As I gather around the table with my family this Thanksgiving, I will think about these children and everyone else Educational Alliance serves. I will think about all of our wonderful supporters, volunteers and employees who help brighten their lives each and every day. I am incredibly thankful to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.
On behalf of everyone here at Educational Alliance, I wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving.
Alan van Capelle
President & CEO
P.S. Next week starts the beginning of the holiday giving season, and this year, Educational Alliance is proud to be a partner organization of the #GivingTuesday campaign. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help the children of PS188 and many others on the Lower East Side.