In September, a tragedy struck Colonial when Mrs. Hattar’s husband passed away. Charlotte Howard, Julia Rosenberg and I couldn’t imagine growing up without a father, and that is what Christian Hattar will have to do. We all knew we couldn’t just stand there and watch everything fall into place; we had to take action. Eventually we recruited Callie Leff to help.
Mr. Alexander Ventura helped us come up with the idea, Walk for Love. It was to raise money for the Hattars, but then another tragedy struck. Mrs. Natalie L’Herminier, a Colonial mom, passed away after a long battle with cancer. That is when I realized that more than just the Hattars needed help. We knew that we could never make up for their loss, but we could let them know that our community cares.
The whole process of coming up with ideas of how to raise money was exciting, yet extremely difficult. It was going to involve an auction, but we decided we had to do something more meaningful. A walk was perfect, because everyone can be involved. With the help of our whole community, we can make a difference in people’s lives.
This isn’t just about tragedy. It is about bringing our community together to make a difference. This walk symbolizes love, hope, tragedy and care. So if everyone takes part, we can exceed everyone’s expectations on what we can do.
Phoebe Rothschild is one of a group of sixth graders who approached Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Ventura earlier this year about how they could do something to help Mrs. Hattar. This is Phoebe’s point-of-view piece on how the effort came together. She was an A&E Editor of the Colonial Times last year.