Julia Vanaso '17 and Kamryn Smith '17
On October 5, three Forman students (Kamryn Smith '17, Julia Vanasco '17, and Yasmine Ghandour '17) were in Litchfield and stumbled upon a house with a sign asking the community to pray for Isaac, a 12 year-old boy with leukemia. They knocked on the door and asked if they could help in some way. The mother was very thankful.
In an effort to help Isaac, they proposed a dress down day at Forman and asked everyone to chip in $5 in order to do so. “I've never done anything like that before,” Smith said. “They are the nicest people I've ever met. I felt so happy to be able to help.”
The dress down day, which took place on Saturday, October 15, was a resounding success. “We went around to all the dorms to collect money, but a lot of people also came to us,” Vanasco said. Smith added, “I was surprised that a lot of people gave more than $5.” A total of $1,040 was raised and will be delivered to the family at an arranged time. The three girls are happy with how the dress down day went, but aren’t going to stop there. They are already making plans for how they can continue to support their neighbors.
This seemingly random encounter had a powerful impact on them. “We just walked past the house and I was like, ‘I think we should knock.’ I am so happy we did that,” Vanasco said. “I feel like it was fate – we weren't going to walk that way and then we decided to at the last minute.”
Regardless of how it came to be, we at Forman are proud of our thoughtful students and their wonderful acts of kindness.