Thu Sep 7, 2017
The tale of the starfish has been shared with schoolkids for generations, telling them how they can make a difference.
Do you remember it? A little boy walking along a stretch of beach comes upon thousands of starfish that are dying, having been washed ashore. As he returned one to the water, a passerby said, “Son, can’t you see how many there are? What you’re doing can’t possibly make a difference.”
“It made a difference to this one,” the boy replied.
Gary Dempsey, the 49-year-old principal of Pelham, New Hampshire High School, was a lot like that little boy as he sat at home aghast over the devastation Hurricane Harvey had wreaked upon Houston.
Then he had a preposterous thought.
“I tell our kids all the time, ‘Be a nice neighbor!’ It’s easy to say, but here was a chance to show it.”
Heartbreaking disasters have a way of awakening a desire to help others. Old-timers remember how Greater Boston morphed into Mayberry R.F.D. after the Blizzard of ’78.
So Dempsey decided to dream big.
“I called Campers Inn over in Merrimack, telling them our school wanted to send a trailer packed with supplies to Houston. The guy said, ‘I’ll have to check with corporate,’ then called me back an hour later to say, ‘We’re in!’
“They provided a 22-foot trailer that has a bathroom, a bedroom, two couches and a kitchen, according to a story by the Boston Herald.
“Campers Inn RV is honored to help Pelham High School with their efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey,” Campers Inn RV Northeast Regional Director Ted Gulezian says.