Saturday, November 10, 2012
Less than a week after the decision to make a bus run down to New York City with supplies, three buses were packed and ready to roll.
Michele Shull had hoped to fill one bus with supplies like blankets, warm clothing, and batteries, to take down to New York City for those most affected by Hurricane Sandy. But enthusiasm and people's keen desire to help quickly overtook that now seemingly modest idea. On Saturday morning, three Ocean State Transit buses packed full set off from the East Greenwich bus yard on South County Trail. Last weekend, Shull got it going by talking to EG's bus yard manager, Deb Murphy, who got the other five OST bus yards involved. OST provides school buses for South Kingstown, Middletown, East Providence, Chariho, and Exeter in addition to East Greenwich. All of them helped with donations. EG school families heard about the plan and donated. …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The buses will leave early Saturday for stops in Queens and New Jersey; donations are being accepted at three sites in EG.
According to John Wolcott, it was Ocean State Transit bus driver Michele Shull who spurred the decision to organize a school bus caravan with blankets, batteries, coats and food to New York City and coastal New Jersey on Saturday. "I want to help," Shull said to Wolcott and others at the East Greenwich OST bus yard on South County Trail. For Wolcott, a new OST driver but a longtime EG Rotarian, that was a green light. "You tell a Rotarian you want to do something and you unleash a tiger," said Wolcott. Or rather, some yellow buses. That's the plan on Saturday, when several school buses loaded with supplies for those who have been hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, will head out from Rhode Island. Deb Murphy, yard manager for OST in East …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Students collected more than 500 canned goods in February's "Souper Bowl"; this time, they'll collect toys, books, and canned goods.
At the suggestion of Hanaford Elementary School Principal Beth Cauley, the Hanaford Elementary School Hawks and the StrongHearts Organization have teamed up once again. February "Souper Bowl " event was a big success. Students collected 550 canned goods to the Inter-Faith Community Food Bank at St. Luke's. This time the theme of the event is "TBC — Toy, Book, and Can." From April 30 to May 11, students will be challenged to bring in at least one toy, a book, and a canned good. Students who do more will receive a T-shirt, and at the end there will be a drawing so that all students will have a chance to get a StrongHeart T-shirt. The motto for the combined Hanaford-StrongHearts Project is "Giving Puts a Smile in Your Heart." It was the …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Construction begins this week on the dugouts, but the baseball parents behind the construction are looking for donations.
When the new fields were built at East Greenwich High School, there were a few "extras" that were left undone, including the concession stand and some track and field equipment. In the past two years, both of those have been taken care of, but the baseball fields are still without dugouts. With the first home game of the new baseball season on April 10, a group of parents has arranged to have new dugouts constructed on the varsity baseball field. (The hope is to add dugouts at the junior varsity field and shelters at the softball fields in the future.) The School Committee voted to approve the construction at their meeting Tuesday. But the group — Diamond Baseball — is looking for donations to cover the $18,000 cost of materials and …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Cash gift supplements store's ongoing food collection
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Paula Fernandes, store manager at the Frenchtown Road Stop & Shop says her associates deserve the credit for the $4,240 check she recently presented to Chris and Steve Bartlett for the East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard. Stop & Shop keeps a box for food donations prominently displayed year-round and during October and November also invites customers to make a cash donation. Sixty percent of the money collected goes to the local food cupboard and the rest to the Rhode Island Food Bank. During the Christmas season Stop & Shop added what they call a Charity Box program. Customers donated enough money for just over 100 of the boxes, which were all filled with identical food items and given to the Food Cupboard. Bartlett says that in …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Inspired by EG resident and Hanaford grandfather Bruce Mastracchio, the kids collect food for the Interfaith Food Cupboard.
It started with one man’s challenge to a class of fifth graders: Bruce Mastracchio, whose grandson, Dylan, is in Mrs. Osmanski’s class at Hanaford, asked the class to do one good deed over the December holiday break. Mastracchio is the director of StrongHearts, an organization that promotes good works and provides help to Indian reservations, inner-city poor, military families and wounded veterans. Mastracchio gave each student a StrongHearts t-shirt and asked them to return from the vacation from one paragraph explaining what their good deed was and how it made them feel (three of those paragraphs are printed at the end of this article). That was such a success that the class and Mastracchio came back together again this week for the …