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Rating: 5

God Had Other Plans Than What I had Planned

I'm a member of my local public school board and as such, I have privy and access to materiels the school throws out, oftimes in very condition

Last board meeting (October 2015), we voted to discard the entire curriculum K through 5th grade, English and reading
(Yes .. we have to vote on these things)

I am married to a Filipina and I am always on the look-out for anything I can send to a third world section of a second world nation moving rapidly to becoming a first world people

I asked if I could have the books we were discarding, and I was told (as I had been in times past) that after 'the procedure' by which they are supposed to follow (advertise if anyone wants whatt we are discarding), I could then have the books

I waited a week or so, called and asked if any disposition had been made on the books and I was told I could come and get them

I didn't expect 2 - 1/2 pallets of books from Kindergarten to 5th grade with tests and teacher's packets, all in good to excellent condition !

The only wear was on the covers of the hardbacks

English, grammer, reading ... a treasure trove !

I contacted my Filipino contact and I was told it was more than they can use (probably because of the receiving end taxes)

It would cost me about $800 to ship them and another $200 - $400 at Manila ... none of which I had ... and my wife was not too happy about the tarped pallets in front

I was SO screwed

The books were in my front yard under tarp and it rained for 4 days ... I thought sure I was going to have a big bonfire pretty soon

Someone passed me a name and a number of a Christian School and I called ...

Here in Pennsylvania, the state has not yet passed a budget and (public) school money is being held up in Harrisburgh

The person I called at the Christian told me they had pitched their old curriculum for a new one and because of the hold up (the Christian School is connected (as almost all educational institutions) to the State budget) ... and here it was Almost November and parents were just a little irate about their kids' English and reading ...

Mrs. Hatalsky, of the Christian school asked if I had a particular curriculum and I told her the amount of books was too overwhelming and she should come out and see for herself

The next day, a van and pick-up truck pulled up to my house and Mrs Hatalsky, after exchangeing pleasantries, proceeded to look at the boxes with a 5 or 6 papers in her hand ... and she actually sqealed with delight !

She showed me her papers ... they were the order she had placed during the summer and I had EVERY BOOK SHE NEEDED WITH THE EXCEPTIOON OF 6TH GRADE !!!!

Praise The Lord ... God had provided a Christian school with almost all of the English course for K-5 !

I don't know the value of the books she received, but I remember votiong for new books before school let out to the tune of about $158,000.00 so I'm pretty sure Central Christian Academy has saved a lot of money

This may not be what you guys are looking for .... but it's something that really happened, and I promised God over 30 years ago, that I would proclaim His goodness and mercy at every opportunity

Frank Archambault
One of the original Contra Bass
61 or 62 until March 65 when I left for the Army

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