2015-02-19 / Opinion

'Giving Tree' Program Made a Difference

To the Editor:

The Newport Community School Board of Directors wishes to share with the public a wonderful program that took place during the holiday season. At NCS, our dedicated staff offered the Giving Tree, which supports families in need that are identified by our middle and high school teachers, guidance counselors and staff. This year, 13 families were identified as needing help during the holiday season.

Our Chief Operations Officer, Patrick Shea, and the staff of the Newport Community School, including Paula Bowley, Kelsey Dugan, Gretchen Landry, Roxanne Maraziti, Daniel Vieria and David Vieria made it possible for all families to receive gifts and other support. The Giving Tree is intended to focus on the basic needs of students and families (clothing, hygiene products) with a holiday dinner basket included. Once families were identified, our Giving Tree was placed at Cappy’s Hillside Café – a longtime partner to the Newport Community School – where patrons picked tags off the Giving Tree, which has an item for each member of our families. Patrons then return the unwrapped item for the NCS staff to sort, wrap and deliver. ReNew Salon also participated in helping to meet the needs of our families.

The Board would like to recognize Cappy’s Hillside Café and its generous patrons, as well as Re- New Salon, for supporting the mission and goals of NCS. Additionally, the board of directors would like to express its thanks to Spalon, who also worked with staff members to ensure that our students and families had basic needs met at the Thanksgiving holiday.

NCS’s board of directors feels the organization and community are fortunate to have staff members who display commitment, dedication, integrity and compassion; not just during the holiday season but each and every day working with students and families. It is our staff and NCS’s unique partnership with Newport Public Schools, our host schools Thompson Middle School and Rogers High School, as well as special community members, like the patrons of Cappy’s Hillside Café, ReNew Salon and Spalon, that truly make a difference in the lives of our students. At the same time, they contribute to the vitality of our community by working together as a team.

Newport Community School
Board of Directors
William T. Fitzgerald, Board Chair
Stephanie A. Pires, Treasurer
Pam Breves
Elizabeth Grason Cohen
Jaime Crowley
Christianne Fisher
J. Malcolm Smith

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