Webster Avenue Elementary School students and their teachers have committed to helping to better the lives of others as they were recently named a Feinstein Leadership School by local philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein. He donated $10,000 to the school and gave each student a journal to record their good deeds and acts of kindness that will help to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in their communities.
In November, a schoolwide food drive collected more than 600 canned goods and other nonperishable food items for the Rhode Island Food Bank. Mr. Feinstein has pledged to donate $1 to the school for every nonperishable food item collected.
Fifth-grade Junior Scholars helped to collect and count the food donated by Webster Avenue families for the Food Bank. Another food drive is planned for this month.
With the help of Maria DaCruz and Rosa Carnevale, Webster students donated hundreds of hats, mittens and scarves to help keep those in need warm this winter. These donations were made in December to the Silver Lake Community Center and the Crossroads Family Center in December.
DaCruz’s class sorted and counted the donated items and she turned the activity into a math lesson on collecting and displaying data. In total, the Webster Junior Scholars collected 96 hats, 71 scarves, 158 pairs of mittens and 204 pairs of socks.
During the final week of February, Mrs. Katya and her young artists conducted the school’s first Art Supply Donation Drive to benefit children currently living in a local shelter. Students donated crayons, construction paper, markers, colored pencils, and watercolor paints.
Many thanks to the Webster Avenue students and teachers for their kindness and generosity to those in need in our community.