Connecticut Sun players visit Stanton, lead dance party
By Jessica Dolliver
On Sept. 11, Connecticut Sun players Theresa Plaisance and Natisha Heideman stopped by John B. Stanton Elementary School to meet with students and donate backpacks filled school supplies. A sign with the words "Welcome CT Sun Women's Basketball" greeted them at the entrance.
The players spoke to the second and third grades about their history, what drove them to become basketball players and what their daily regimen entails to maintain peak performance. Students asked a variety of questions, including how long they were basketball players and where they went to school.
Norwich Family Resource Site Coordinator Cindy Beauregard said: "I was surprised at how honest the players were with the students. They immediately put everyone at ease, talking about their love of basketball. It was like they walked into my living room and sat on the couch."
The players had an impromptu dance party with students and got them to chant "Go Connecticut Sun" for the team's social media accounts. Plaisance and Heideman gifted the donation drive sign with their signatures to the school. It now hangs in the main hallway of the school. The donation was courtesy of a partnership between Connecticut Sun and United Way. The team collected two massive bins of school supplies, and United Way organized the logistics, providing them to the school.
More than 400 participate in Color Run
The Norwich Public Schools Health and Physical Education department organized its second annual NPS Color Run held on Sept. 28 at Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School.
More than 400 runners participated in the event. Each received a white shirt, sunglasses, and a water bottle. Students and families counted down to the start of the run while DJ and Veterans Memorial staff member Lucian Varela played music. Participants ran around a makeshift track built by the department. Volunteers dusted and squirted passersby with chalk at each of the eight stations along the path. Runners circled the track as many times as they wanted to in the allotted hour. A big color chalk explosion marked the end of the run. P.E. Teacher Matt Irvine said: "I was thrilled to see all the students and their families come out on a Saturday. It is encouraging to see it grow. Last year, we had 250 runners attend. We are excited to continue this tradition and grow it into an annual color run."
The NPS Education Foundation is hosting three upcoming fundraising events:
-Pasta Dinner at Billy Wilson's Aging Still from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
-Skybox seats for the Sara Bareilles concert at Mohegan Sun starting at 8 p.m. on Oct. 12.
-Staff Follies at Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15.
Jessica Dolliver is the media communications manager for Norwich Public Schools.