Norwich Public Schools: Stanton fifth-graders collect food for families in need
By Jessica Dolliver, For The Bulletin
The fifth-grade class at Stanton Elementary collected food across the district to donate to the United Way foundation.
Each year, Mrs. Sas organizes a food drive as a part of a community service project to help families in need. Norwich Resource Center site manager Cynthia Beauregard spoke to the students about how the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center started in a small garage on the campus of Uncas on the Thames in Norwich and grew to a 200,000-square-foot facility in New London. She further explained how mobile food trucks were deployed to expand their reach so families could gain access to fresh fruit and vegetables, which is typically not available at local food pantries.
The school raised 325 pounds of food, which is equal to 271 meals.
Stanton Sharks celebrated Spirit Week held March 17-19th during Parent-Teacher Conferences.
The week started on Wednesday, with students and staff wearing their favorite crazy hats. Thursday all participated in Color Wars, where each grade level was assigned a color and dressed in that color to show their grade-level support and excitement. All of the grades came together by wearing colorful attire such as tie-dye and rainbow-colored clothes on Friday. Students commented on Spirit Week with things like, “Look at our grade. We have lots of spirit!” “I liked this day! I made this tie-dyed shirt with my mom.” “Ms. Meghan, look at all the colors!! It’s beautiful!!”
Celebrating community unity
Global Studies students participated in the We’re all a piece of Norwich! project celebrating resident’s uniqueness and unity as a community, led by Project Outreach from Norwich Free Academy.
Participants were tasked with decorating puzzle pieces representing who they are or why they love Norwich. The puzzle pieces are now displayed downtown throughout April.
District monthly awards
The following received district awards for March: Social Worker Kristine Pion from Uncas Elementary School accepted The Key is ME! award with one of her students in tow. Para Educator Wilma Cotto from Teachers’ Memorial Global Studies Magnet Middle School accepted the I Make a Difference award surrounded by her class. Student Aubrella Fowler from Veterans Memorial Elementary School received the You Inspire Me student award.
Meetings and opportunities
The next Virtual Board of Education meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, on the district Facebook page.
There is no school for spring break on April 12-16.
Jessica Dolliver is the media communications manager for Norwich Public Schools.