Vandalism brings out the best in people

A little girl at Lincoln Elementary

Celine Quinn was devastated. The elementary school librarian had used a Learning Links grant to build a bird sanctuary at the school. Over spring break, vandals had destroyed the Lincoln Elementary sanctuary. The outdoor area had become a favorite spot among students and birds. Students were upset and they asked Celine what they could do to help. She suggested they all work together to find a solution.

The next day, a little girl handed Celine the business card of a general contractor – her own grandfather.

“I called him and he said, ‘I graduated from Lincoln Heights and I’ll be there in 10 minutes to help,’” Celine said. “He brought his crew and they fixed the bird house and sanctuary.”

A little boy at Lincoln Elementary

“The seed money GCF gave us really influenced our school and reinforced a piece that is not always there – community involvement,” she added. “It’s amazing. These kids don’t have access to nature. I just want to say thank you again. You gave the money and good things happened here.”

Learning Links and Summertime Kids grants are made possible by the generosity of donors of the past and present who have entrusted charitable dollars to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.


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