Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sad News -- A Fire at Mr. Shivers' Home

Many of you in our school community have heard about the fire in Glassboro on Sunday at the home of Woodbury Athletic Director, Grant Shivers. Tragically, it appears that Mr. Shivers and his family lost their home to the devastating fire -- home inspections are still scheduled to fully account for the extent of the damage. Thankfully, though obviously saddened, he and his family members are safe and healthy.

The following is from an e-mail that went out from the High School Principal, Denise Dunham, to the faculty. I am sharing this because many individuals have asked what they can do to help the family:

Many of us have already reached out to Grant individually, in response to his family’s misfortune this weekend.

Our immediate response will be to collect funds to present to Grant by holding a general collection during the remaining days of this week, ending with a special Jean Day on Friday.
Please see any of the following people to make your donation: Michele Hamilton, Donna Lacovara, and Jane O’Donnell. Jean Day monies can be forwarded to the people you typically use each month.

We would like to have all monies in by noon on Friday to give us time to collect the monies raised by the elementary schools as well and deliver to Grant before the weekend begins.

A larger effort is currently being planned by the community. People from all over, including organizations that he is involved in, have contacted the school to express their desire to help. On February 4 at 7 p.m., an organizational meeting is scheduled for all interested parties. A representative from any organization is asked to attend that meeting. Sharron Knauss has agreed to coordinate this event for the school along with Mr. Sanderson of Woodbury.

You may see Grant out and about in the schools for brief periods of time. His spirits are good; he is very thankful that his family is safe and they are together. I know he would want everyone to know how humbled he is for the way folks have reached out to him already.

A special account has been opened for donations to the Shivers family. I will share that information with you as soon as I know the proper procedure to follow.

Here’s thanking you in advance for being the kind of people you are. Keep Grant and his family in your prayers. I will send an update with any new information as I receive it.

Denise DunhamPrincipal
Woodbury Junior - Senior High School

25 North Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
(856) 853-0123, extension 220

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