2013-06-13 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Just over a year ago, a hearty group of teachers and parents from Melrose put together a golf tournament and fundraiser in support of beloved preschool teacher Ms. Peggy and her daughter, Dori. It was called Dragonflies for Dori. At that time, Dori was hospitalized and fighting a serious medical condition. She is home now and continues to improve every day with full-time care from Peggy.

The donations from local businesses and individuals, former students and parents, were overwhelming. In one day, more than $28,000 was raised and given directly to Dori. Ms. Peggy and her family want to personally thank all the wonderful folks that have supported their family through their ordeal and continue to send good wishes to Dori.

What the funds allowed them to do for Dori was just amazing and included home improvements and equipment that made the transition home much easier. Peggy said Dori would not be this far along without those resources. She still gets a little overwhelmed with the enormity of what the people of Jamestown did for them. Peggy didn’t mention everything she did for hundreds of island preschoolers over the years.

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Final exams at North Kingstown next week. *** Every year, the Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club sponsors scholarships for graduating high school students residing in the greater Newport area who are dependents of active duty, retired or deceased military personnel.

Last Saturday, Adm. and Mrs. John Christenson hosted the 2013 scholarship ceremony at their home. All scholarships are funded by the club and its efforts through The Ship’s Bell store. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients including islander Andrew McCarthy who will attend Notre Dame in the fall.

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The spouses’ club also awarded $1,000 to Lawn Avenue School to help fund their anti-bullying program.

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Congratulations to islander Graham Jamison who graduated from the Prout School last week. At the Prout honors night, he was made a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society for maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better for all four years at Prout. He will start at the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire in the fall.

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Friday night, the North Kingstown High School’s Varsity Students Against Substance Abuse group will host an ice-cream social for eighth-graders at the high school cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for incoming students to meet their new classmates and talk with VAASA members about their program. Parents are also welcome to attend their own ice-cream social and meet with other parents and professionals to discuss and share parenting tips. Please RSVP by June 10 to greco.nedria@james townschools.org.

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Last call for box tops.

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The Jamestown Community Theatre’s annual meeting will take place at the Jamestown Arts Center Monday at 7 p.m. I hear there will be cookies to follow.

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Field day and the fourth-grade penny carnival is Friday. Melrose kids, bring your nickels!

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No. More. Rain. (At least until July.)

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Earlier this year the Jamestown school community mourned the loss of an amazing teacher. Tara Higgins was an inspiration to all of her colleagues, students and parents as she battled cancer with dignity while continuing her role as a caring and devoted teacher. There will be a memorial and garden dedication on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Melrose School. Tara’s memorial garden is intended as a place of peace and tranquility in honor and memory of Tara.

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Got a sticker?

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Apparently last week was pet appreciation week. I don’t know how I missed this one. So, instead of focusing on June’s graduations, rehearsals, recitals, plays, field days, field trips, end-of-year teacher gifts, and Father’s Day, I need to make sure my cat and dog feel extra special.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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