It is a tradition each year that the 5th grade participates in a community service project. It is a meaningful way to give back to the community and demonstrate all the values the kids have learned over their years at Riverside. This year, the class will be assembling and donating craft bags for kids in need through a partnership with Family Centers Inc. in Greenwich.
The Family Centers programs combine a high quality educational experience with full-day care for children from low income families, including some of the most vulnerable families living in Greenwich.
Because food and fun activities are not a given during time off from school, backpacks filled with non-perishable food items and/or crafts, books, and other activities for the three and four-year-old children in their programs would make a world of difference while they are home on school breaks.
We are asking each family to help us contribute the supplies needed to fill one backpack (which we will supply). The supplies they have suggested would be appropriate are as follows:
· Crayons or washable markers
· Paper pad/construction paper
· Picture books appropriate for 3-5 year olds
· 5-10 individually wrapped or one box of non-perishable snacks (such as GoGo Squeezers, crackers, goldfish, granola/cereal bars etc.)
The supplies will need to be brought into school no later than Friday, April 12th. This is an entirely voluntary activity. If you do not want to participate in donating to this program, that is absolutely fine and will remain confidential. Your child will still participate in the classroom portion of the project and help to assemble the bags and create a card for a child at Family Centers.