2012-05-10 / Letters to the Editor

Middle school has already raised $18,000

The eighth-grade class at Lawn Avenue School extends its sincere gratitude to the Jamestown community for supporting our fundraising efforts this year. From June 3-6, we will participate in Close Up, a middle-school program that takes place in Washington, D.C. This program is more than a tour of the monuments, memorials and museums. Students spend four action packed days living and learning with their peers from around the country. They will understand how Washington’s historic sites reflect the events and people who have shaped our nation.

By day, students will explore the city in small groups and make new friends from around the United States. In the evenings, they will participate in activities led by highly trained instructors, reinforcing what they learned earlier in the day. Our students will return home with a deep understanding of their own roles as American citizens.

Many organizations have made generous donations to our effort. The Jamestown Education Foundation, Jamestown Rotary, Jamestown Parent Teacher Organization, Jamestown Fire Department, the Rhode Island Legislature, Jamestown Police Department, Dr. and Mrs. Bush, Conanicut Marine, Seeds of Hope, Nardolillo Funeral Home, Toray Plastics, Julia Held, Lew Kitts, and Ali Dunn Packer Foundation have all made donations and we are truly grateful for their support.

We are most proud of our students’ efforts this year. Starting with cookie sales in September, to November’s Walk for Washington, then on to calendar sales in December, and culminating with the Duck Derby on Friday, May 11, the students have been busy raising money. As of this week, from fundraising events only, students have raised an amazing total of $18,482.40!

Duck sales will continue up to and including May 11. Please join us at East Ferry beach from 5 to 7 p.m. as our ducks race for the shore. Thank you so much for all your continued support.

Kathy Almanzor

Principal

Lawn Avenue School

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