Shumlin Pleased With Outpouring Of Flood Recovery Donations

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(Host) Governor Peter Shumlin says businesses and individuals across the state have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help with flood recovery.

Shumlin says he’s been pleased by the outpouring.

(Shumlin) "It isn’t just rhetoric. Vermont is a place and perhaps the only place in the country where we care about each other, we take care of each other, we share a common destiny to ensure we all have a good quality of life."

(Host) Even schools have stepped in.

Students at Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington raised $51 for Rochester Elementary School.

Doctor Shelley Mathias is the principal at Edmunds Elementary, and she says flood recovery is a "teachable moment."

(Mathias) "Children are very empathetic. They want to help. And one of the most important things we can do in schools is to give them an opportunity to help, whether it’s collecting pennies as kindergarteners or first-graders, or putting up a singing booth on their street corner, a lemonade stand, a bake sale. These are things that children can do."

(Host) Governor Shumlin says there are still many ways Vermonters can contribute. You can find some of them here.

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