School rallies for sick teacher
by Glenn Moore
May 28, 2014 | 8077 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fundraiser for Donna Boyd
Amber Borden (left) gets another batch of homemade cookies from Claudia Vanderhave for a Wednesday morning bake sale at Hirsch Elementary School sale to raise funds for kindergarten teacher Donna Boyd, who is ill.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The parents, students and staff of Hirsch Elementary School rallied with a bake sale Wednesday to raise money for the family of a teacher who is ill.

Donna Boyd, a kindergarten teacher at Hirsch since the school opened in 1997, is hospitalized at UCSF Medical Center, according to her co-workers.

Kelly Meagher, Amber Bauer and Amber Borden, whose children attend the school at 1280 Dove St., have organized a series of bake sales at the school to help with the family’s expenses.

A sale on Friday raised $1,600. Meagher said while the first sale was kept low key, the organizers spread the word about Wednesday’s sale through emails, school announcements and Facebook posts.

As she set up tables laden with cookies, cupcakes, pies and candies, Meagher said that parents and school employees were doing anything they could to help. The bake sale on Wednesday ran from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., before school started, and resumed after school from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

“Whatever we can get will help,” Meagher said. “Money we are raising is for gas and hotels, if needed.”

Claudia Vanderhave arrived early that morning with plates of homemade chocolate chip cookies and boxes of cupcakes. Vanderhave volunteered in Boyd’s classroom this year because her daughter Isabella is one of the teacher’s students.

She was up until midnight baking and crying, she said, as she thought about Boyd in the hospital.

“She is just a great person and has impacted everyone’s life,” Vanderhave said. “She loved her children.”

All through the morning, parents and staff members dropped off boxes and bags at the bake sale table on the way to classes. Prices ranged from as little as $1 for a cookie to $10 for a box of cupcakes.

A former teacher bought three boxes of cupcakes to give to students in Boyd’s class and gave $100.

Jean Squires, another Hirsch kindergarten teacher, has taught with Boyd for 14 years and expressed her gratitude for the school’s parents and staff as she looked over the collection of donated baked goods in the school conference room.

“Our school has a big heart because Donna has a big heart,” Squires said. “We just love her dearly.”

Squires said that Boyd had been in charge of starting community service projects at the school and that it was fitting that so many people rallied to help her family.

“The parents really came together. Donna would be so proud of them,” Squires said.

A trust fund, Brianna Boyd in trust for Donna Boyd, has been established at Bank of America for the Boyd family. The account number is 325040458274.

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