By Valerie Anton
Race Brook School Student Council publicity chair
Race Brook School students in Orange showed true community service with their genuine care and compassion for the children at the Jamie A. Hulley Childcare Center in Bridgeport with a tremendously successful “Book and Arts-’n-Crafts Supplies Drive” during the month of February.
The childcare center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in expressing creative passion in the arts. The center provides daycare services, Head Start and school readiness services for about 190 preschool-age children in Bridgeport.
The Race Brook School’s Student Council, lead by teachers and co-advisors JoAnne Escandon and Pam Galatioto, organized the drive. The Students Council members worked cooperatively by preparing a hallway bulletin board, creating a notice to send home , and then collecting books, puzzles, games as well as much construction paper, markers, paints, etc. for the drive. The response was overwhelming, as the families of Race Brook School were so very generous donating over 1,000 books and many supplies to benefit the Jamie A. Hulley Childcare Center.
The center is named in memory of Jamie Hulley, a former student of Race Brook School. Jamie attended the school from 1987 to 1993. Throughout her young life, she was very much involved in the arts and had a profound impact on the lives of countless people. The foundation set up in her name helps to provide children at the center with enriching experiences in literature, art, music and theater.
The students of Race Brook School hope their book donations will bring hours of reading pleasure to the children.