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Less Fortunate Children Benefit From Race Brook School Families Generosity

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Dec 062019
 

Race Brook School families from Orange generously donated gifts for the Connecticut Education Association’s Holiday Bear Project. The annual gift drive was organized once again by the Student Council under the direction of third-grade teacher Janet Greenspan.

“It felt wonderful to help kids who don’t get many gifts during the holidays. Thank you to the families of Race Brook School for donating so many gifts,” said Student Council member Maite I.

Many families now include the gift drive as part of their annual holiday tradition. The goal of the program is to collect donated gifts for less fortunate children in Connecticut’s public schools and help put more smiles on their faces. “It feels very caring to give clothes and toys to children who do not have enough during the holidays. The families of Race Brook School always care about helping other people,” said student helper Brennan W with pride.

Race Brook families chose paper candles from the school’s front bulletin board. Each of the one hundred fifty candles had a child’s gift wish on it. The sponsoring families bought and wrapped the gifts that will be delivered to twenty-five children this holiday season.

The students pictured with the gifts are members of the Student Council Gift Drive Committee. “It felt good to prepare the gifts to be delivered to the kids. Some kids don’t have important things like coats, jackets or blankets to keep them warm. I am happy those kids can stay warm now,” said Olivia P.

The students commendably collected and organized the gifts first thing in the morning and after school giving them the opportunity to show citizenship, responsibility, and goodwill towards others. “I helped out during the gift drive because I love helping others. It’s an amazing feeling,”  Brady W. emphasized.

“There are many kids who do not get everything they need. It was important to me to donate a gift and help get the gifts together,” Sidney K. thoughtfully added.

Submitted by Valerie Anton

Fourth Grade Teacher &

Student Council Public Relations Representative

Race Brook School, Orange, CT

Race Brook Students Help Support Other Children

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Apr 082019
 

Race Brook School students held a very successful drive in March to show their care and support for the children at the Hall Early Learning Center, part of the Hall Neighborhood House in the East Side of Bridgeport. Hall’s Early Learning Center provides services to over 270 preschool-age children through enriching, hands-on curriculum.

Race Brook School’s Student Council, directed by third-grade teacher Janet Greenspan, worked tirelessly to collect hundreds of new or nearly new books, educational games, puzzles, and craft supplies for the children at the center.

Devoted Student Council members at Race Brook School in Orange show their support for the Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport with a special drive to collect gently used or new books, educational games, puzzles, and craft supplies.

Fifth-grader Remmy C. really enjoyed contributing to the success of the drive. “I’m happy I was able to help make the flyer for collecting donations. I felt terrific knowing I was helping younger children.”

The Hall Early Learning Center is affiliated with and supported by the Jamie A. Hulley Foundation. The foundation has a special place in the hearts of the students and staff of Race Brook School in Orange. Jamie attended the school from
1987 to 1993. Throughout her young life, Jamie was very involved in the arts. Jamie’s Fund helps to provide the children at the center with enriching experiences in literature, art, music, and theatre. Race Brook students hope their donations to the center will provide hours of educational and creative
enjoyment for the children.

Third-grader Ashlie A. emphatically stated, “I feel lucky I was able to help younger kids. Being on Student Council, I had the chance to collect toys, books, and art supplies to put smiles on many children’s faces at the center.”

Fellow classmate Sophie C. added, “I think it was important for me to take part in making the flyer and inform the school about the drive. The Jamie A. Hulley organization gives our school many grants to help us run fun enrichment programs. This is our way of giving back.”