Bennion Deville Homes La Quinta office agents and staff members recently collected and donated over 400 books and several stuffed animals and dolls to the 4th grade classes at Oasis Elementary School in Thermal. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, members of the office got creative to make sure the students were well-stocked with summer reading supplies. The La Quinta office of Bennion Deville Homes, located at 47-350 Washington Street, has been supporting the 4th grade classes at Oasis Elementary School in Thermal since 2007.
Typically, members of the office visit their 4th grade students 3 times throughout the schoolyear. However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, all schools are closed indefinitely, preventing the agents’ final visit of the year. Despite the school’s closure, the La Quinta office wanted to continue to offer resources to the students and a way to continue their education through reading by donating the books. Most of these kids do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or internet at home. When the students come back to their classrooms to pick up their school items, they will also be given books to take home. Additionally, those students who stood out academically will receive one of the stuffed animals or dolls as a way to recognize their hard work and growth over the schoolyear.
“Due to COVID-19, our year-end visit was cancelled to preserve everyone’s good health,” says Roger Sullivan, a Broker Associate in the La Quinta office who has been instrumental in taking the lead with fundraising, collecting supplies, and maintaining a close relationship with the staff at the school. “Today is an amazing feeling that takes the sting out of the coronavirus funk we have all been experiencing. I am going to sleep better knowing that the kids may miss our final visit of 2020, however they are not forgotten.”
Bennion Deville Homes began working with Oasis Elementary School 4th graders after learning that only one of the four classes was receiving outside support. As a result, agents and staff began visiting three 4th grade classes and the special needs children three times a year; at the beginning of the school year, during the holidays, and at the end of the school year, with the items given to each student varying based on the season. The bond between the students and Bennion Deville Homes representatives remains strong, with the kids referring to them as their “Fairy Godparents.”
“We are proud of the La Quinta agents and staff for keeping up their support of the students at Oasis Elementary School,” states Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Bennion Deville Homes. “This crisis has really put a spotlight on access to resources throughout our community. It is heartwarming to know that we are doing our part to ensure that all kids in the Coachella Valley have materials to continue to learn and study independently. Our mission as a local business leader is to do our part to make the communities we serve a better place for all. The actions that Roger and the rest of the La Quinta agents and staff take each year to assist these students, their families, and the school is a prime example of this principle. We look forward to continuing our support and hope to be safely back in the classroom with them again soon.”