With the return of faculty, staff, and students to campus this fall came the unprecedented need for immediate supplies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Signage, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, personal protective equipment, and even COVID tests were all needed on-hand as supplies ran low throughout the country. For Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hiltwine, an exhaustive scenario planning process revealed the shortcomings of major supply-chains. It also revealed the strengths of local businesses.
“Trophy and Sign Center, a family business in Danville, was able to provide new signage to direct our traffic patterns and publicize our new room occupancy limits. They had these ready for us in a matter of days,” she said. “ReyChem in Chatham was similarly able to quickly source hand sanitizer and cleaning products for us, and Vista Clinical Diagnostics in Danville has been phenomenal with turn-around times for our community’s COVID-19 tests.”
For Hiltwine, working with local vendors not only allows the School to access the supplies it needs but strengthens partnerships in the local community.
“With less opportunity for us to interact with our neighbors this year, it feels great to be able to support their local businesses and keep in touch in this way,” she said. “We’re very lucky to have the local community we do.”
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.